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Sun 19 May 2024 10:51 am - Jerusalem Time

Saudi-American discussions about stopping the war in Gaza and facilitating the entry of aid

On Sunday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan the regional developments and the situation in the Gaza Strip and the need to stop the war there and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid.


This came during Bin Salman’s reception of Sullivan in Riyadh, as part of the latter’s visit to the Kingdom, which he arrived on Saturday, according to the Saudi Press Agency.


The two parties reviewed strategic relations and ways to enhance them in various fields, according to the same source.


The semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the Kingdom and the United States of America, which are nearly completed, was also discussed.


SPA reported that Bin Salman and Sullivan "also discussed what is being worked on between the two sides in the Palestinian issue to find a credible path towards a two-state solution that meets the aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people."


They also touched on regional developments, including the situation in the Gaza Strip and the need to stop the war there and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid, according to SPA.


On Friday, the White House reported that Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel at the end of this week to discuss the Israeli operation in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.


On Thursday, the Hebrew news website Ynet said that Sullivan would arrive in Israel on Sunday in light of the military operation in Rafah.


The website indicated that Sullivan will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant, and Minister in the War Cabinet Benny Gantz.


The United States says that it opposes a "broad" Israeli military operation in Rafah, but it continues to support Tel Aviv in its devastating war on the Gaza Strip, even though the largest percentage of casualties ever are civilians, including in Rafah itself.


As a result of the war and Israeli restrictions, the residents of Gaza are suffering from “famine,” especially in the Gaza and northern governorates, in light of the severe scarcity of food, water, medicine, and fuel supplies due to the siege, especially with the escalation of the bombing and the encirclement of the siege with the Israeli army taking control of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt last week.

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