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Palestinian Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Have Absolute Confidence in Saudi Leadership

Palestinian Minister to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Have Absolute Confidence in Saudi Leadership

Monday, 11 February, 2019 - 11:45
A Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag as he stands next to an Israeli soldier during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem December 19, 2014. REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma
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A Palestinian minister underlined “absolute confidence” in Saudi Arabia’s stances on the Palestinian cause, especially with regard to the city of Jerusalem.
“The Palestinian leadership is very satisfied with the Saudi position, which has been expressed repeatedly by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” a member of Fatah's central committee, Minister Hussein al-Sheikh, told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“The Saudi commitment to the [Palestinian Cause] is important, old and unchanging,” said Sheikh, a close associate of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“The Saudi leadership is committed to the Arab peace initiative and has never agreed to change it at any time under any pressure,” he added.
The Palestinian minister underlined that Saudi officials have publicly told them and the Americans that they were against the Deal of the Century, as long as the Palestinians were not happy with it.
“We affirm that our confidence is absolute. We know that the issue of Jerusalem is a red line for the Saudi leadership,” he stated, explaining that the Saudi position was clear at the summit of Dhahran,” with regards to the rejection of any normalization before the establishment of a Palestinian state and the settlement of the Jerusalem issue.

“We are satisfied and comfortable with this situation,” he emphasized.
Sheikh also said that the leaked Israeli document about the Kingdom’s rejection of the Deal of the Century unless it is approved by the Palestinians “does not bear anything new,” adding that it was a confirmation of the “firm Saudi position in support of Palestine and Jerusalem.”

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