« Nayef bin Bandar al-Sudairi, the first Saudi ambassador to Palestine, visited Ramallah in the West Bank on Tuesday to present his credentials to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Footage shows Saudi Arabia’s recently appointed ambassador, al-Sudairi, arriving at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Nayef al-Sudairi can be observed speaking to reporters in front of the building.
« This is a historic moment in the distinguished relations that bind the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Palestine. We are very happy to have His Excellency the Ambassador here in his country, Palestine, » said al-Maliki.
Al-Sudairi, who holds the position of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Jordan as well, arrived in the West Bank with his delegation via al-Karama border crossing for a two-day official visit. This visit is connected to US-led efforts aimed at normalising relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
« God willing, we will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and convey the message, greetings and love of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Highness the Crown Prince and Prime Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, may God protect them, and I will present my original credentials to President Abbas and my consular acquittal as Consul General in Jerusalem, God willing, » said the Saudi diplomat.
« In the nature of the situation, the relations between Saudi Arabia and Palestine are historical relations that began with Abdul Aziz and then until now during the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, where His Highness Sir’s interest in the Palestinian issue is not new, but he is keen for the region and the world to be in security and stability because this is reflected in all the peoples of the world, » he added.
Nayef al-Sudairi, who is 60 years old, was appointed as a non-resident envoy to Palestine and also as the Consul General in Jerusalem in August.
Saudi Arabia’s Consulate General in Jerusalem was closed following Israel’s occupation of the holy city during the Six-Day War in 1967. At that time, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was under Jordanian administration. »