Saudi FM Highlights Palestinian Statehood at UN, Focuses on Regional Stability

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 23. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

The Saudi Foreign Minister addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday, emphasizing the urgent need for a resolution to the Palestinian issue as a crucial element for maintaining stability in the Middle East.

In his speech, Faisal bin Farhan stated, “The stability of the region rests on a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian cause… and the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

The context of his remarks coincides with increased discussions about the potential for a historic normalization agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israel. Reports suggest that Riyadh is seeking Israeli concessions to benefit the Palestinians, although these measures may not amount to full Palestinian statehood.

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Minister bin Farhan conveyed his country’s strong stance, stating, “Saudi Arabia rejects and condemns all unilateral actions that blatantly violate international laws, contribute to the disruption of regional and international peace efforts, and hinder the path toward diplomatic solutions.”

During his address, the Foreign Minister did not explicitly mention Israel or the ongoing normalization efforts, keeping the focus on the importance of achieving peace and stability through a just resolution to the Palestinian question.

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