SAUDI KING TELLS TRUMP: WE WANT FAIR SOLUTION TO PALESTINIAN ISSUE
In what Palestinians describe as a slap in the face of the US, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told US 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.
The leaders spoke by phone following a historic US-brokered accord last month under which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to become the third Arab state to normalize ties with Israel after Egypt and Jordan, Alaa Swilam reported for Reuters on September 7, 2020.
King Salman told Trump he appreciated US 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.
Under the proposal, Arab nations offered Israel normalized ties in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, does not recognize Israel.