Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan emphasized that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international resolutions is the only viable solution to the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict. He made these remarks during an interview with Al Arabiya TV on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York City.
Bin Farhan reiterated the importance of the two-state solution and called for renewed discussions on this approach. He expressed concerns about the ongoing escalation in the occupied territories, involving Palestinian resistance factions, the Israeli military, and extremist settler groups.
The Saudi Foreign Minister's comments followed his chairing of a ministerial meeting focused on efforts to revive the peace process in West Asia. The meeting involved representatives from numerous nations and international organizations and discussed practical steps and incentives for reviving the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
Notably, Saudi Arabia recently informed Washington of its withdrawal from discussions related to normalization with Israel due to Tel Aviv's perceived reluctance to make concessions for the Palestinians. While there have been reports of US-brokered normalization talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel, Saudi officials have maintained that any agreement should depend on significant concessions to the Palestinians, in line with the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
Despite mixed signals, including statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about potential "gestures" toward Palestinians for normalization, divisions within the Israeli government have complicated progress in the region's peace efforts.