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Saudi-Palestinian Summit to Confirm Rejection of US Decision

Saudi-Palestinian Summit to Confirm Rejection of US Decision

Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 - 11:00
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today and assure the rejection of the US decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Israel.

The visit also comes as a verification of the Saudi preliminary stance on the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem and rejection of all these changes.

Ambassador of Palestine to Saudi Arabia Bassem Abdullah al-Agha affirmed in a phone call with Asharq Al-Awsat that President Abbas's visit is an affirmation of the Saudi commitment to the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem, which will be the main focus of the Saudi-Palestinian summit talks in Riyadh today.

“The US decision on Jerusalem made a fuss although King Salman advised, alerted and warned the US side of announcing this,” Agha said, adding that Trump has killed the peace process and violated UN resolutions and directions.

Agha pointed out that the Palestinian people are acting against the decision, dictating their conscience, patriotism, Islamism and Arabism, explaining that some "described this move as a Palestinian revolution, but it is actually the world’s revolution against Trump and his Israeli counterpart Netanyahu."

“We wanted peace, but Trump and Netanyahu don’t,” Agha said. Amidst that, the Saudi positions are “preliminary and principled as Jerusalem is the heartbeat of King Salman and his Crown Prince.”

We have seen over the years Saudi Arabia's positions in the UN, UNESCO, Geneva and all international institutions, and the Kingdom's stances have always been with Palestine and Jerusalem.

The Kingdom considers the Palestinian cause an internal and external issue at the core of its policy as it has never stopped protecting the Palestinian people and cause from enemies.

The Palestinian-Saudi relations will never change, Agha said, pointing out that Saudi Arabia has never stopped supporting Palestine politically and financially.

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