Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his appreciation of Saudi efforts to bring a halt to Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip and to care for wounded Palestinians following a meeting with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz yesterday.
President Abbas said that during their meeting, the King expressed his deep pain and sadness at Israel’s ongoing aggression.
President Abbas noted that had King Abdullah contacted several world leaders, including U.S. President George Bush, whom he urged to intervene to stop the attacks against the Palestinians.
Aside from President Bush, King Abdullah also spoke to the leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Qatar over the weekend about the developments in Gaza.
President Abbas also thanked the Kingdom for sending medical aid to Gaza and treating injured Palestinians at Saudi hospitals.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal confirmed today that Saudi Arabia has been pursuing a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
He noted that the upcoming meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers in Muscat will focus on Israel’s aggression.