Saudi King Salman did not tell Israel normalization to Trump without a Palestinian state

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz told President Donald Trump that there would be no normalization with Israel without a Palestinian state, the state’s news agency reported on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured) on January 14, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The photo was taken on January 14, 2019. Via Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Pool REUTERS

The leaders spoke over the phone last month following a historic US brokerage agreement under which the UAE agreed to become the third Arab state to normalize relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.

King Salman said that Trump appreciated American efforts to support peace and that Saudi Arabia wanted to see a proper and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue based on the Arab peace initiative proposed by the state in 2002.

Under the proposal, Arab nations have offered normalized relations in return for a state with Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from the territory occupied in the 1967 Middle East War.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, the birthplace of Islam and its holiest shrine.

However, this month the state said it would allow flights between the UAE and Israel, including Israeli airliners, to use its airspace.

White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has said that he hopes another Arab country will normalize relations within months.

No other Arab state has said so far that it is following the UAE.

King Salman’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Kushner discussed the need for Palestinians and Israelis to resume talks and reach lasting peace after Kushner visited the UAE last month.

The UAE-Israeli deal was defeated, defeating the Palestinian opposition.

Reporting by Ella Swillam, written by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Peter Connie and Richard Pullin

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