Palestinian president, Saudi king discuss latest developments

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-12 21:12:52|Editor: Li Xia
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RAMALLAH, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian Presidency Thursday announced Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed through a phone call about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to annex more West Bank territory.

According to the official Palestinian new agency (WAFA), the Palestinian presidency described the call as "significant," and King Salman said that Netanyahu's declaration is "null and void."

The statement published on WAFA underlined that Saudi Arabia has issued an official statement saying that Netanyahu's declaration "is a breach of international law," and it "rejects any attempt to impose de facto reality on the Palestinian people's expense."

The king reportedly said "we stand by your side and we will overcome this crisis together," and reiterated Saudi Arabia's "principled and steady positions" towards the Palestinian people.

Abbas thanked King Salman for his positions towards Palestine. "Saudi Arabia has historically been on the side of the Palestinian people, and our people will not forget its positions supporting Palestine and Jerusalem," he said.

Abbas also expressed thanks to the Saudi king for inviting foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to hold an immediate meeting in Mecca to "respond to the challenges facing the Palestinian cause."

On Tuesday, Netanyahu declared that he plans to annex the Jordan Valley, which comprises some 30 percent of the West Bank.