The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s stance on normalizing ties with Israel, stating: “This is real support for the Palestinians and their cause.”
In a statement released by the State Department, the PA said: “Saudi Arabia’s attitude reflects a genuine support for the Palestinians and their cause, as well as a genuine support for the rights of Palestinians on all international platforms.”
The statement added: “This position comes under the leadership of King Salman and his Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.”
Meanwhile, the statement praised Saudi “full support” for the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and the establishment of their free state with East Jerusalem as its capital based on international resolutions.
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This came after Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud confirmed on Thursday that there would be no normalization of ties with Israel without a Palestinian state, news agencies reported.
“Real normalization and real stability will only come about by giving the Palestinians hope, by giving the Palestinians dignity,” he said. Bloomberg TV during an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
According to Bloombergthe foreign minister confirmed that an agreement to create a Palestinian state would be a precondition for establishing formal diplomatic relations with Israel.