Saudi foreign minister declares Israel's plans to annex West Bank a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi foreign minister declares Israel's plans to annex West Bank a ‘dangerous escalation’
Israel’s plan to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank is a “dangerous escalation” that threatens the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said. (OIC)
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Updated 10 June 2020

Saudi foreign minister declares Israel's plans to annex West Bank a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi foreign minister declares Israel's plans to annex West Bank a ‘dangerous escalation’
  • Netanyahu has said Israel intends to extend its sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank
  • Saudi Arabia condemns Netanyahu’s plans and is committed to “peace as a strategic option”: Prince Faisal

RIYADH: Israel’s plan to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank is a “dangerous escalation” that threatens the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan was addressing foreign ministers at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting to discuss a response to the Israeli threats.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel intends to extend its sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.
Prince Faisal said the plan was “a dangerous escalation that threatens the chances of resuming the peace process to achieve security and stability in the region.”
He added that the Kingdom condemns and rejects Netanyahu’s plans and is committed to “peace as a strategic option.”
“We call for the Arab-Israeli conflict to be resolved in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, international law, and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002,” Prince Faisal said.
He added that the annexation plan is a “blatant challenge to international norms, laws, treaties, conventions and resolutions, and does not take into consideration the rights of the Palestinian people.”

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The OIC said in a statement that the annexation threat amounts to “an official declaration by Israel of revocation of all its signed agreements” and “a serious escalation of its colonial policies and measures.”
The extraordinary OIC foreign ministers’ meeting took place as German foreign minister Heiko Maas visited Jerusalem.
Maas warned Israel on Wednesday that its plan to begin annexing parts of the West Bank would violate international law.


Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation starts

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation starts
Updated 23 January 2021

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation starts

Visit to Uzbekistan by high-level Saudi delegation starts
  • Aim is to enhance bilateral relations
  • A number of joint projects will be launched during the trip

RIYADH: A high-level Saudi delegation begin an official visit to Uzbekistan on Saturday, with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
The delegation, led by Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih, will include officials from a large number of government agencies, in addition to representatives from the private sector and senior Saudi businessmen.
The agenda for the visit includes the unveiling of a number of joint projects, the signing of a memorandum of understanding, and the launch of renewable-energy projects led by Saudi companies, as well as meetings between officials and businessmen from both countries.
Uzbekistan’s “business environment is witnessing an increase in investment opportunities in the fields of energy, food industries, building materials, mining, electronics, information technology, agriculture and others,” according to the SPA report.