Palistianian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki expressed his appreciation to King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud for his continuous efforts to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and other Arab leaders for their efforts to compel Israel to respect the historical and legal status of the holy site.
Maliki said in his speech during the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo, “The battle of occupied Jerusalem began and will not end until the end of the Israeli occupation, highlighting the attempts of Israel 50 years ago to impose its sovereignty on it.”
He added that “through these attacks and violations, Israel wanted to test the extent to which the reactions of the Arab and Islamic nations can reach the protection of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
“The whole issue is not a security matter but purely political. When they decided to remove the gates, they proved that,” Maliki said. “The people of Jerusalem will remain ready to defend the Islamic and Christian holy places.