Saudi Arabia not to make peace deal with Israel without Palestinian peace
Prince Faisal's remarks are the kingdom's first official reaction since the UAE's landmark deal with Israel.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on Wednesday, said it would not follow the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel, until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognized peace accord with the Palestinians.
The UAE last week became the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel in a historic US-brokered accord that uplifted the prospect of similar deals with other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia.
But after days of conspicuous silence and in the face of US pressure to announce a similar deal, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, ruled out the possibility until the Palestinian issue is resolved.
“Peace must be achieved with the Palestinians” based on international agreements as a pre-condition for any normalization of relations, Prince Faisal told reporters during a visit to Berlin.
“Once that is achieved, all things are possible,” he added in a consistent comment with Saudi Arabia’s previous stance on the issue.
Prince Faisal’s remarks are the kingdom’s first official reaction since the UAE’s landmark deal with Israel, which is the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab country after Jordan and Egypt.
At a news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, Prince Faisal reiterated criticism of Israel’s “unilateral policies” of annexation and building settlements in the occupied West Bank as “illegitimate” and “detrimental” to a two-state solution.
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