Saudi crown prince says Israel 'potential ally' only if Palestinian-Israeli conflict resolved

AFP , Thursday 3 Mar 2022

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told The Atlantic that his country hopes that "the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is solved."

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R), meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in the Saudi capital Riyadh on March 1, 2022. AFP

"We do not look at Israel as an enemy, we look to them as a potential ally, with many interests that we can pursue together," the prince told the US monthly magazine, according to remarks carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

“But we have to solve some issues before we get to that,” Saudi Arabia's crown prince added in a rare interview with foreign media.

Saudi Arabia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. It has repeatedly said it would stick to the decades-old Arab League position of not establishing official ties with Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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