King of Saudi Arabia Salman ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud told US President Donald Trump during a telephone conversation the day before, September 6, that the largest Arab monarchy seeks to achieve a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian problem, which, he said, was and remains the main starting point positions of the entire Arab world. This is reported on Monday by the Al-Arabiya TV channel.
Trump asked King Salman to become the next Arab leader to dare to normalize relations with Israel after the Jewish state’s deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month. However, as commentators note, the Saudi monarch conditioned this possible step on the part of Riyadh to achieve serious progress towards the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The King told Trump that he appreciated the US efforts to support peace and that Saudi Arabia wanted to see a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian problem, based on the Arab Peace Initiative proposed at the Arab League Summit in Beirut in 2002.
So far, the only official decision of Riyadh, which brings closer a potential normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, is the permission for direct flights between the Jewish state and the UAE, including on Israeli airliners, through the kingdom’s airspace.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Senior Adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner previously discussed the need to resume negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis aimed at achieving lasting peace in the region after a US delegation led by Kushner visited the UAE late last month.
Recall that the agreement concluded between Israel and the UAE through the mediation of the United States in August established diplomatic relations between them, involves the launch of direct flights and cooperation between the two countries in the economic, tourism, scientific, and even defense spheres. The Emirati authorities called the deal with the Jewish state success of the entire Arab world since the Israeli side pledged to suspend its plans to annex part of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank. In the coming weeks, the delegations of Israel and the United Arab Emirates must formalize the agreement in writing.