Saudi Arabia flags are displayed at Citywalk in Jumeirah, Dubai on the occasion of Saudi Arabia’s 87th National Day. Image Credit: Javed Nawab/ Gulf News

Dubai: Saudi Arabia reiterated its commitment to the Middle East peace on the grounds of the Arab peace plan, Saudi state TV has reported.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, on Wednesday affirmed his country’s commitment to the Arab Peace Plan, during a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.

Prince Faisal said that Israel’s unilateral action concerning colonies are thwarting chances for peace.

According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s twitter account, Prince Faisal said: “Saudi Arabia reaffirms its commitment to peace as a strategic option based on the Arab Peace Initiative.”

“Saudi Arabia considers Israel’s unilateral policies of annexation and building of settlements as an illegitimate (way forward) and (as) detrimental to the two-state solution,” the Saudi foreign ministry quoted Prince Faisal as saying.

The Saudi-backed peace initiative was proposed by the late King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut summit in March 2002, and reendorsed at the 2007 and the 2017 Arab League summits.

The initiative calls for normalizing relations between the Arab world and Israel, in exchange for a full withdrawal by Israel from the territories occupied in the 1967 war, including the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and a “just settlement” of the Palestinian refugee problem based on UN Resolution 194, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.