Cairo, 14 February 2023 (TDI): The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Waleed bin Abdulkarim Al-Khereiji attended the high-level summit for supporting Palestine.
Jerusalem Conference, “Resilience and Development were held at the headquarters of the League of Arab States’ General Secretariat in Cairo.”
Foreign Minister reaffirmed the Kingdom’s support for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause under international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.
Saudi Arabia stands with Palestine
Al-Khereiji stressed establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He also condemned all unilateral Israeli measures that violate international law.
He noted that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced a $150 million donation for the Islamic Endowment Support Program in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem summit in Dhahran in March 2019.
Saudi Arabia contributed $390 million to the Islamic Development Bank’s Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds Funds. The Kingdom is one of the first countries to sponsor UNRWA, which received about $1.1 billion in help from the Kingdom.
According to Waleed, UNRWA, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, and the Saudi Fund for Development funded many Palestinian refugee development programs in health, education, social, and relief.
Al-Khereiji reiterated the Kingdom’s demand to prevent the Israeli occupation forces from invading Al-Aqsa Mosque, barring its gates, and attacking unarmed worshippers in its squares and courtyards.
He urged the international world to hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their crimes and transgressions against the defenseless Palestinian people, their land and sanctities, and the Middle East peace process.
Israel Legalized Nine West Bank Settlement Units
The Israeli cabinet legalized nine West Bank settler outposts. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office indicated that more houses would be erected in illegal settlements.
The announcement also stated that “the nine villages had been around for many years, some for decades.” They were constructed without official Israeli permission.
More than 1 million Israelis reside in more than 200 settlements created on Palestinian land. These colonies are illegal under international law.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry stated that the latest decision exceeded “all red lines” and jeopardized “the peace process.” Palestinians fear the settlement expansion undermines the two-state solution’s future Palestinian state.