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Saudi Arabia’s Position on Diplomatic Relations with Israel and Palestinian Statehood

Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its stance to the United States, asserting that it will not establish diplomatic relations with Israel unless an independent Palestinian state is recognized on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem and Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip ceases.

The Saudi foreign ministry emphasized its steadfast position on the Palestinian issue in response to comments made by White House National Security spokesperson John Kirby regarding potential normalization discussions between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The kingdom’s statement underscores its commitment to the Palestinian cause and its insistence on a resolution that aligns with the longstanding Arab consensus on the matter.

Despite discussions about formalizing ties with Israel, Saudi Arabia has consistently emphasized the need for significant progress on Palestinian statehood and addressing Israeli actions in Palestinian territories before considering diplomatic relations.