Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017
Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017
Photo: EPA
Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017

Saudi King to Trump: Kingdom eager for fair solution to Palestinian issue

Trump also tells King Salman in a phone call that he welcomed the opening of Saudi airspace to flights between Israel and the UAE, following a historic peace agreement between the two states; U.S. has been trying to get more Arab states to recognize Israel

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Published: 09.07.20 , 08:26
Saudi Arabia's King Salman told U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Sunday that the kingdom was eager to achieve a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, which he said was the main starting point of the kingdom's proposed Arab Peace Initiative, the state news agency reported.
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  • The leaders spoke by phone following a historic U.S. brokered accord last month under which the United Arab Emirates agreed to become the third Arab state to normalize ties with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.
    Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017 Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017
    Saudi King Salman with U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017
    (Photo: EPA)
    King Salman told Trump he appreciated U.S. efforts to support peace and that Saudi Arabia wanted to see a fair and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue based on the Arab Peace Initiative proposed by the kingdom in 2002.
    Trump also told King Salman that he welcomed the opening of Saudi airspace to flights between Israel and the UAE and discussed ways to enhance regional security, a White House spokesman said.
    Under the proposal, Arab nations have offered Israel normalized ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 Six-Day-War.
    מטוס אל על עוזב את אבו דאבימטוס אל על עוזב את אבו דאבי
    UAE officials as Israeli delegation leaves Abu Dhabi after talks on pending normalization of relations deal
    (Photo: Ofir Malka)
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, does not recognize Israel.
    However, this month the kingdom said it would allow flights between UAE and Israel, including by Israeli airliners, to use its airspace.
    White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has said he hopes another Arab country normalizes ties with within months.
    ג'ארד קושנר עם מוחמד בן סלמאן בסעודיהג'ארד קושנר עם מוחמד בן סלמאן בסעודיה
    Senior White House Aid Jared Kushner with Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman during his visit to the kingdom this month
    (Photo: Reuters)
    King Salman's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Kushner discussed the need for the Palestinians and the Israelis to resume negotiations and reach a lasting peace after Kushner visited the UAE last month.
    The UAE-Israel deal was met by overwhelming Palestinian opposition.

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