Saudi crown prince working to ‘calm the situation,’ reiterates condemnation of attacks on civilians

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs the Arab summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 19, 2023. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs the Arab summit in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 19, 2023. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

After meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a statement from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlights Riyadh’s diplomatic outreach “to calm the situation,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports.

The news agency says those efforts involved calls to regional leaders, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The prince also reiterates the Gulf kingdom’s condemnation of attacks on civilians and “vital interests that affect their daily lives,” while stressing the need for Palestinians to “obtain their legitimate rights and achieve just and lasting peace,” SPA says.

Blinken described the meeting in the Riyadh area as “very productive.”

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