Arab Parliament speaker praises King Salman’s support for Palestinian cause

Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami has supported King Salman’s political and financial support towards the Palestinian issue. (Photo courtesy: AlEkhbariya)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Arab Parliament speaker praises King Salman’s support for Palestinian cause

Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami has supported King Salman’s political and financial support towards the Palestinian issue.

Al-Salami said in a statement on Monday: “We extend our sincere thanks to King Salman for naming the Arab Summit at its 29th session, “the Jerusalem Summit”, and for donating $150 million to support the Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem and $50 million for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).”

In his opening remarks, King Salman named the current Arab League Summit the “Jerusalem Summit” to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

He also announced the commitment of $50 million to UNRWA and $150 million to the Islamic Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem, saying: “The Palestinian issue will remain our top issue until all Palestinians get their legal right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.”


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.