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Saudi Amb. to the UK: No Normalization with Israel at the Expense of Palestinians

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom (UK), Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, declared that the Kingdom will not pursue normalization of relations with Israel if it comes at the expense of the Palestinian people.

Prince Khalid, 47, made this announcement during his participation in sessions at the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs “Chatham House” conference in London.

“We will not normalise ties [with Israel] at the expense of the Palestinians” Prince Khalid stated.

This statement by the Saudi ambassador to the UK reaffirms the country’s unwavering stance on the Palestinian issue.

“If the ongoing events in Gaza continue, we will enter an irreversible path,” Prince Khalid expressed.

“As we move further from finding a solution, hope diminishes, and we approach a point where it could escalate into a regional conflict. Everyone must acknowledge the imminent danger. The conflict will not remain confined to the region; it will rapidly become an international issue,” he cautioned.

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom (UK), Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan attends Chatham House” conference in London.

Saudi Arabia Supports Palestinian Case

Riyadh insists on no diplomatic relations with Israel unless it recognizes an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia demands an end to Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and the complete withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from the area.

Following the Gaza events, Saudi Arabia and other Arab-Islamic nations have spearheaded diplomatic efforts for a swift and inclusive solution to meet Palestinian aspirations. There has been a strong emphasis on the importance of achieving a comprehensive and equitable settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

These efforts resulted in a UN General Assembly resolution urging the Security Council to reconsider granting full membership to Palestine.

Immediate Recognition of the Palestinian State

Riyadh urges immediate recognition of the Palestinian state by the international community, especially the Security Council’s non-recognizing permanent members, based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. This recognition is deemed essential for the Palestinian people to attain their legitimate rights and for the realization of a comprehensive and just peace for all parties involved.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, is dedicated to assisting governments and societies in building a sustainably secure, prosperous, and equitable world.

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