Feb 14, 2020 07:13 UTC
  • Saudi minister lauds Trump’s West Asia plan amid Palestinian outrage

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has hailed US President Donald Trump's so-called ‘deal of the century’ on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as positive, claiming the initiative can provide the basis for negotiations between the Palestinians and the Tel Aviv regime.

According to Press TV, Jubeir said at a press conference on the sidelines of his visit to the Romanian capital Bucharest on Thursday “The Palestinians must decide for themselves, and we must support them. I believe that things will become clear after the US elections (slated for November 3, 2020).”

The top Saudi official went on to claim that there are some positive elements in Trump’s proposed deal, which could facilitate negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

On January 28, Trump unveiled his so-called ‘deal of the century’, negotiated with Israel but without the Palestinians.

Palestinian leaders, who severed all ties with Washington in late 2017 after Trump controversially recognized al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime, immediately rejected the plan, with President Mahmoud Abbas saying it “belongs to the dustbin of history.”

Palestinian leaders say the deal is a colonial plan to unilaterally control historic Palestine in its entirety and remove Palestinians from their homeland, adding that it heavily favors Israel and would deny them a viable independent state.

The Saudi foreign ministry said on January 29 it "appreciates" Trump's efforts and called for direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.

“The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump's Administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides,” it said in a statement carried on the state-run SPA state news agency.