UK: Two-State Solution a Shared, Irreversible Principle with Saudi Arabia

British Minister of State for the Middle East Lord Tariq Ahmad (Asharq Al-Awsat)
British Minister of State for the Middle East Lord Tariq Ahmad (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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UK: Two-State Solution a Shared, Irreversible Principle with Saudi Arabia

British Minister of State for the Middle East Lord Tariq Ahmad (Asharq Al-Awsat)
British Minister of State for the Middle East Lord Tariq Ahmad (Asharq Al-Awsat)

British Minister of State for the Middle East, Lord Tariq Ahmad, called the two-state solution a “shared principle” for both the UK and Saudi Arabia, and insisted it is an “irreversible path.”
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Lord Ahmad stated that during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Palestine and the severe humanitarian situation in Gaza, both the UK and Saudi Arabia are focused on addressing this issue.
The minister noted that it is one of many areas where the two Kingdoms are working together.
He also mentioned other important regional issues, noting the strong partnership between the UK and Saudi Arabia.
Lord Ahmad also revealed that the two Kingdoms are collaborating on various global challenges like climate change, global financing, reconstruction, and conflict resolution.
The minister emphasized that the Saudi-British partnership is built on mutual respect and shared aspirations. He highlighted the collaborative efforts to strengthen bilateral relations.
He spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat at the British Foreign Office at a time when a large British delegation, comprising over 400 senior government officials and top executives from major companies, arrived in Saudi Arabia.
They were there to participate in the “GREAT FUTURES” initiative conference, created by the Saudi-British Strategic Partnership Council, co-chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Numerous announcements and investments totaling billions of pounds were made at the gathering. Lord Ahmad, reflecting on his 20-year career as a banker in London, emphasized the substantial investments made by Saudi companies in the UK capital markets, highlighting the significance of their relationship.
Sunak, addressing conference attendees through video, noted that trade between the two countries surpasses $21 billion.
Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden, speaking at the forum’s launch, expressed a desire for more than just supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030; he expressed a wish to actively participate in it.
Saudi Trade Minister Majid Al-Qasabi also pointed out the promising economic prospects in Saudi Arabia and the extensive collaboration between the two Kingdoms.
He mentioned that while the UK ranks as the world’s second-largest services exporter, Saudi Arabia is focused on economic diversification and holds substantial potential.



Muslim World League Welcomes Armenia's Recognition of State of Palestine

Muslim World League Welcomes Armenia's Recognition of State of Palestine
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Muslim World League Welcomes Armenia's Recognition of State of Palestine

Muslim World League Welcomes Armenia's Recognition of State of Palestine

The Muslim World League (MWL) welcomed Armenia’s decision to recognize the State of Palestine, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Saturday.

In a statement, MWL Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa emphasized that this decision, along with similar ones, “clearly reflects a growing global recognition of the injustices faced by the Palestinian people and their fundamental right to self-determination and an independent state.”

He commended “the responsible and noble stance of all the countries that have taken this important and just step, urging all countries of the world to follow suit in support of the human and legal rights of the Palestinian people.”