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Davos 2023: Saudi FM urges Israel to engage seriously on resolving Palestinian conflict


Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a news conference at the Arab Gulf Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 9, 2022. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud urged Israel’s new government on Wednesday to engage seriously on resolving the Palestinian conflict.

Prince Faisal, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said Israel’s government was sending “some signals that maybe are not conducive to that” but voiced hope it would see that resolving the conflict would be in Israel’s interest and that of the wider region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to pursue formal Israeli ties with Riyadh after normalisation pacts signed with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in 2020, but Saudi Arabia has linked any such move by the kingdom to a resolution of Palestinian statehood goals.