by Shmuel Elmas and Reuters
In rare move, Saudi official offers public praise for Jewish state. In the end, peace deal, Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem only way to ensure lasting stability, he says.
|Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud speaks during his meeting with then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, Oct. 14, 2020 | File photo: AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool|
In a rare move, a senior Saudi official on Friday said Israel has "contributed to regional stability and the path toward peace."
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud made the remark while commenting on the possibility Riyadh would normalize ties with Jerusalem one day after his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington.
At the same time, he said, "I believe that the focus now needs to be on getting the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table. In the end, the only thing that can deliver lasting peace and lasting stability is an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis," which he said would include the establishment of a Palestinian state with sovereignty, dignity, "and Jerusalem as its capital."
As for the kingdom's relationship with Iran, the foreign minister said not much progress had been made in recent bilateral talks, but Riyadh remained "committed to" dialogue.
He said Tehran's accelerated nuclear activity was "very troubling."
"I think we are entering a very dangerous stage" in the program, he said.
Shmuel Elmas and Reuters