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Maliki to Asharq Al-Awsat: Palestinian Cause is Protected by Saudi Support

Maliki to Asharq Al-Awsat: Palestinian Cause is Protected by Saudi Support

Sunday, 15 September, 2019 - 10:00
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki holds a news conference at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, May 22, 2018. (Reuters)

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that his country highly valued the great Saudi support for the Palestinian cause, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Maliki stressed that the Palestinian issue “will remain protected by Saudi support.”

He noted that the Kingdom’s call for an emergency meeting Sunday in Jeddah to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli prime minister’s statement on annexing parts of the West Bank was a sign of continued Arab and Islamic support, led by Saudi Arabia, to the Palestinian people and their just cause.

The Jeddah meeting will send a strong message to the occupying power and to the whole world, Maliki emphasized, revealing ongoing consultations and coordination between the Palestinian and Saudi governments to take other future steps.

He also told Asharq Al-Awsat that Palestine was seeking to resort to the United Nations and other organizations for the adoption of resolutions condemning Israel for its provocative steps.

“Certainly, we are thinking of going to the Security Council to issue a statement condemning Israel, knowing that we may not succeed because of the United States, which may use its veto power to cover up Israel and its crimes. This will make us resort to human rights organizations,” Maliki remarked.

He continued: “We may turn to the International Court of Justice and go to the courts in European countries; there are many directions that we are currently discussing, and we will determine the priorities in coordination with Saudi Arabia and Islamic countries.”

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