The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said that it would not follow the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and would not establish the diplomatic ties with Israel until it had sealed a peace accord with the Palestinians.
During his visit to Berlin, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia told the reporters that “peace must be achieved with the Palestinians” on the basis of the international agreements as a condition to normalize relations with the Jewish state.
“Once that is achieved, all things are possible,” the Saudi Foreign Minister said.
The acceptance of Israel as a state by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week is only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan. The agreement between Israel and UAE raises prospect similar accords with other pro-Western Gulf States.
It is pertinent to mention here that until now, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the biggest economy of the Arab world, has maintained a conspicuous silence over the deal between a Muslim and Jewish state.
But, the officials of the Saudi government have hinted that Riyadh is unlikely to immediately follow the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its principal regional ally, despite the pressure by the United States (US).