Saudi FM Warns against Gaza War Spillover in the Region

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the panel discussion. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the panel discussion. (SPA)
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Saudi FM Warns against Gaza War Spillover in the Region

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the panel discussion. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah takes part in the panel discussion. (SPA)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah warned on Thursday that the situation in the Gaza Strip does not only affect the Palestinians alone, but the entire region and is leading to more tensions, most notably in southern Lebanon.

He made his remarks at a panel discussion at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Madrid.

Held under the title "Wars and Shadow Wars: What are Europe's Options in the Middle East?", the discussion tackled the latest developments in Gaza and the importance of continuing international efforts to reach an immediately ceasefire and allow more humanitarian aid to enter.

Prince Faisal stressed the importance of continuing the work to reach an immediate ceasefire, noting that the majority of the international community agrees that the lasting and just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the two-state solution.

However, they stand idly by against issues that may undermine the two-state solution, such as Israel's continued settlement expansion.

He explained that what European countries, including Spain, are doing to support the peace process and push towards the two-state solution is very important.

The least the European countries can do is condemn Israel's failure to abide by its commitments and then take stricter steps such as imposing sanctions on some officials who violate human rights, he added.

The Palestinian people have the full right to self-determination, and they deserve an independent state recognized internationally, he went on to say.

On Yemen, Prince Faisal underscored the continued support for political dialogue, warning that the situation in the country is still difficult, especially on the economic level.



GCC Secretary General Condemns Knesset's Approval of Anti-Palestinian State Law

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi
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GCC Secretary General Condemns Knesset's Approval of Anti-Palestinian State Law

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi
The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, strongly condemned the Knesset's approval of a bill rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state, the Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday.
"The decision of the Israeli occupation forces is a clear violation of international resolutions related to the Palestinian cause and confirms their desire and continued efforts to fuel tension and threaten security and stability in the region and the world”, said Albudaiwi in a statement.
He called on the international community to reject and condemn this unjust decision, which reflects the Israeli occupation forces' intentions to expand the conflict and their unwillingness to achieve stability and peace in the region.
Albudaiwi reiterated the GCC countries' positions on the Palestinian cause, supporting the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and supporting the Palestinian people in obtaining all their legitimate rights.