Abbas meets Saudi King in Riyadh


Published: 2017-12-20 16:03

Last Updated: 2017-12-20 16:05

Abbas met with King Salman. (Wikimedia Commons)
Abbas met with King Salman. (Wikimedia Commons)
Roya News Source

President Mahmoud Abbas met in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, on Wednesday with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and briefed him on the latest developments and efforts to discuss the latest updates on Jerusalem, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

This comes following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel earlier this month. 

Abbas reportedly thanked Saudi Arabia for its support of the Palestinian cause and rights.
Bassam al-Agha, the Palestinian ambassador to Saudi Arabia described the trip as a reflection of the "ongoing coordination" between Abbas and Riyadh.

Abbas' visit comes at a time where Palestinians are increasingly sceptical of what is perceived to be a weak Saudi response to the Trump announcement. Despite Saudi King Salman warning US President Donald Trump against the controversial move, the domestic response has been muted.

Saudi appears to have attempted to limit Israeli criticism in Saudi media, and last week, Saudi Arabia failed to send a high level representative to the emergency Islamic Conference Organisation summit in Istanbul.