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Saudi Support for 2002 Plan Shows It Won’t Copy UAE-Israel Pact

  • Foreign minister says committed to 2002 Arab Peace Initiative
  • Remarks show any Saudi-Israeli normalization not imminent
City Skyline And Development at King Abdullah Financial District
Photographer: Maya Anwar/Bloomberg
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Saudi Arabia stood by a 2002 Arab peace initiative, indicating it’s unlikely to follow the United Arab Emirates in establishing formal ties with Israel anytime soon.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Wednesday that his country remains committed to the older plan, which called for normalized relations only after Israel withdraws from territories occupied in the 1967 war and claimed by the Palestinians for a state.