Saudi kings calls Trump, affirms eagerness to reach fair solution to Palestine issue
The high-level contact comes following the UAE’s move to normalise ties with Israel after US-brokered peace deal. The UAE has become third Arab country after Egypt and Jordan to recongise the Jewish state.
The Saudi king expressed appreciation for the efforts made by the US to establish peace, affirming the Kingdom's keenness to reach a lasting and just solution to the Palestinian cause to bring peace, which is the main starting point for the Kingdom's efforts and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Under the Arab-backed peace proposal, the nations of the region say they can normalise ties with Israel if the latter withdraws from areas occupied in the 1967 Middle East war and reaches a statehood deal with the Palestinians.
The Kingdom has not recognised the Israel but it has allowed flights between Israel and the UAE to use its airspace.
During the call, the Saudi King and US president also discussed the work of the G20 chaired by the Kingdom this year and the efforts made within its meetings to protect lives and livelihoods to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
They also reviewed the most prominent policies that have been agreed upon to reduce the negative aspects of the pandemic on peoples and the global economy.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques affirmed that the Kingdom's G20 presidency will continue to support and coordinate the group's efforts to confront the effects of COVID-19 on the human and economic levels.
On August 31, a US-Israeli delegation, led by Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to Donald Trump, arrived in the UAE by an Israeli plane landed in the Arab country for first time.
Earlier in August, following the announcement of the peace accord with Israel, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had issued a Federal Decree abolishing the law regarding boycotting Israel and the penalties thereof, said the official news aency
“The Decree comes as part of the UAE's efforts to expand diplomatic and commercial cooperation with Israel, and by laying out a roadmap towards launching joint cooperation, leading to bilateral relations by stimulating economic growth and promoting technological innovation,” it had said.
Following the abolition of the Israel Boycott Law, individuals and companies in the UAE may enter into agreements with bodies or individuals residing in Israel or belonging to it by their nationality, in terms of commercial, financial operations, or any other dealings of any nature.
Based on the Decree, it will be permissible to enter, exchange or possess Israeli goods and products of all kinds in the UAE and trade in them.