WASHINGTON: The members of the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit under the chairmanship of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah have held official talks with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.
According to the SPA, with the participation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Jordan, Ayman Al-Safadi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sameh Shukri, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine Riyad Al-Maliki, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye Hakan Fidan.
Ministerial Committee of Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit Holds Talks with Blinken
The SPA maintained that the members of the Ministerial Committee stressed their call on the US to play a broader role in pressuring the Israeli occupation to implement an urgent truce, as the ministers expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the inability of the UNSC to carry out its duties and its failure to approve a draft resolution calling for an urgent truce in Gaza for the second time due to the US using its “Veto” right.
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) December 9, 2023
According to the SPA, the members of the Ministerial Committee renewed their unified stance about their rejection of the continuation of military operations by the Israeli occupation troops in Gaza, renewing their call for the necessity of an urgent and complete truce to ensure the protection of civilian population, an end to the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza, and the lifting of all restrictions that deter the entry of humanitarian aid and help into the Gaza Strip.
#Washington | Under the chairmanship of HH the Foreign Minister Prince @FaisalbinFarhan, the delegation of the ministerial committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit held official discussions with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. pic.twitter.com/DaZbKgmNvl
— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) December 9, 2023
The SPA maintained that in addition, the members of the Ministerial Committee expressed their complete rejection of all forced displacement, stressing the significance of adhering to global law and global humanitarian law.
The SPA further reported that the members of the Ministerial Committee also reiterated the need for creating a conducive political atmosphere that leads to a two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967, as per the relevant international resolutions, expressing their rejection of compartmentalizing the Palestinian issue and discussing the future of Gaza separately from the overall Palestinian issue.