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Saudi Arabia affirms its support to Palestinian cause, rejects US legalization of settlements

Taha Sakr

Saudi Arabia stressed recently that Palestinian crisis was and will remain its first case until the Palestinian people attain all their rights that include the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to the Saudi Official News Agency (SPA), the Saudi ambassador to Austria and its permanent representative to the UN Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz said in a speech on Friday marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that Saudi Arabia sees no justification for the continuation of the Middle East conflict in light of an international consensus on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

The prince expressed “the kingdom’s rejection of any measures that would prejudice the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and trial to Judaize it,” stressing that “Israel’s continued settlement practices are a flagrant violation of the resolutions of international legitimacy and international law”.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of the US administration’s recent position on “the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

He also affirmed the Kingdom’s support to the Palestinian people, calling on the international community to “shoulder its responsibility towards providing international protection for the Palestinian people in the face of Israeli violations.

Abdullah bin Khaled pointed out that “Saudi Arabia since the era of its founder late King Abdul Aziz, has spared no effort in helping the Palestinian people by all available means,” adding that the Kingdom is one of the largest donors to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNRWA, and recently provided support to $ 50 million.