Saudi king says Palestinians have 'right' to Jerusalem

Saudi king says Palestinians have 'right' to Jerusalem

Salman gave strong backing to reforms led by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including a wide-ranging programme to restructure the kingdom's oil-dependent economy and moves to end longstanding bans on cinemas and women driving.

If King Salman, the crown prince's father and the formal ruler of Saudi Arabia, invites Netanyahu to his country, as Katz suggested, it would be the first visit of an Israeli prime minister to the kingdom in Israel's 70-year history.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the leaders discussed the US President Donald Trump's recognition of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, and its influence on the so-called peace process in the region.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince emphasised that the UAE under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa stands with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in facing all challenges confronting the region's countries and peoples on the basis of solid solidarity and unified coordination.

The OIC summit started with a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who highlighted the dangers that the new U.S. position on Jerusalem poses not only to the Muslim world but also to the rest of the worldwide community.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an American ally, has vocally criticized the decision, calling Jerusalem "the occupied capital of a Palestinian state" and Israel an "occupying and terrorist state".

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has reiterated the Kingdom's stated commitment to a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Salman renewed his condemnation of Trump's decision, saying it "represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by worldwide resolutions".

His Majesty King Abdullah's address in the morning session of the summit also categorised Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his decision to relocate the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as unsafe and provocative not only to Muslims but to Christians as well.

The King pledged to "counter any attempt to change the historical and legal status quo at Al Aqsa Mosque/Al Haram Al Sharif".

"The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital", the king said.

How the worldwide community, especially the U.S., will respond to the concerns of the OIC has yet to be discerned.