Saudi Arabia dismisses John Kirby’s statement about normalization

Saudi officials have reiterated publicly that they wouldn’t accept anything less than a political commitment towards establishing a Palestinian state.

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Saudi Arabia dismisses John Kirby’s statement about normalization

RIYADH, 8 Feb: The Saudi Foreign Ministry has dismissed a statement attributed to the US national security spokesperson John Kirby, who said Saudi Arabia was willing to normalize ties without a ceasefire.

The stern statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry emphasized that they will not normalize relations with Israel without a Palestinian state.

What did John Kirby say?

Mr. Kirby was asked during a press conference whether the US links securing a hostage deal with Saudi normalization of ties with Israel.

Kirby responded that they’re two distinct tracks and claimed that the US held optimistic talks with Saudi Arabia before and after October 7.

Saudi Arabia statement

“Regarding the discussions between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America on the Arab-Israeli peace process, and in light of what has been attributed to the US National Security [Council] spokesperson, the ministry of foreign affairs affirms that the position of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been steadfast on the Palestinian issue and the necessity that the brotherly Palestinian people obtain their legitimate rights,” the Saudi statement mentioned.

Saudi officials have reiterated publicly that they wouldn’t accept anything less than a political commitment towards establishing a Palestinian state.

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