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Middle East will benefit tremendously through ties with Israel: Saudi Foreign Minister

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 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said that region of Middle East would benefit tremendously through constructive and friendly ties with Israel. He said that normalization of ties of the kingdom with Israel would be highly dependent on progress in front of Israel-Palestine peace process.

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Thursday that normalization of relations with Israel was “very much dependent on progress with the peace process.” It is to be noted that last year four Arab nations – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – agreed to sign Abraham Accords to normalize relations with the Jewish state of Israel. The accords were brokered by former US president Donald Trump.

He further noted that normalization with Israel has been on table ever since 2002 Arab Peace Initiative was introduced. He added that this was always highly dependent on the resolution with Palestinians.

During an interview with CNN, the foreign minister said, “I think normalizing Israel’s status within the region would bring tremendous benefit to the region as a whole.” He added, “It would be extremely helpful both economically but also socially and from a security perspective.”

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He continued to stress that such process “can only be successful if we address the issue of the Palestinians and if we are able to deliver a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders that gives the Palestinians dignity and gives them their rights.”

The Gulf nation has stood affirm on its initial stand of not engaging in any ties with Israel unless a peace deal is attained to resolve conflict of Palestinians. But recently the rising mutual concerns for Iran has brought Israel and Gulf nations closer. News of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu having secret meeting in Saudi Arabia in presence of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fueled speculations of kingdom’s growing closeness with Israel. Saudi however denied existence of any such meeting.

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