Saudi Arabia has conveyed its commitment to exploring a potential agreement to normalize relations with Israel to the Biden administration, according to a statement from the White House. The Saudi Defence Minister, Khalid bin Salman, held discussions with White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, focusing on the Gaza crisis, during which both sides recognized the immediate need to enhance humanitarian assistance for Palestinians.
The US National Security Council spokesperson, John Kirby, stated that while specific details of the discussions were not disclosed, they left with a sense of confidence in the prospects of returning to the path of normalization. Kirby affirmed the Saudi government’s interest in pursuing this objective.
In a tweet, the Saudi Defence Minister underscored the importance of an immediate “ceasefire” in Gaza, the protection of civilians, the facilitation of humanitarian aid, and the resumption of the peace process.
John Kirby acknowledged the complexities posed by the Gaza situation but reaffirmed the commitment to the goal of long-term peace. He stated that there is clear dedication from the Saudi side to this objective.
The White House highlighted the Saudi emphasis on the significance of working towards a sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians, building upon the recent efforts between Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Recent discussions between the United States and Saudi Arabia have revolved around the ongoing Gaza crisis and the potential for normalizing relations with Israel. These discussions align with the 2020 Abrahamic Accords, which marked a historic diplomatic achievement by normalizing relations between Israel and several Arab nations, including the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. The Gaza situation has complex implications for Middle East dynamics and the future of the accords.
Despite the intricacies arising from the Gaza conflict, both the United States and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed their intention to proceed with the strategic accords. This commitment stems from their shared goal of advancing the peace process in the region.
Recent reports have indicated that US President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a conversation recognizing the importance of working towards a sustainable peace.