Saudi Arabia has said that it fully supports Palestine and its effort to achieve statehood adding that this is a top priority for the kingdom.
In a meeting of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Jeddah yesterday, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said: “The conflict with Israel is the most important challenge facing the Islamic Ummah [community].”
Secretary-General of the OIC, Yousef Bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, added that Palestine is the “central” cause for the organisation’s members and the reason it hasn’t been resolved yet is due to the Israeli occupation and its constant violation of international law.
The statements are a stark contrast to the kingdom’s actions in the region. Rumours have long been circulating that Saudi and Israeli officials have held secret meetings, at times along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and that the two were normalising relations openly before the Palestine-Israel conflict is resolved.
At the beginning of May, reports emerged that Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion to accept the US peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”.