Saudi FM Prince Faisal holds press conference at end of Jeddah summit

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Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was not aware of any discussions on a Gulf-Israeli defense alliance and that the Kingdom was not involved in such talks.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters after the Jeddah Security and Development Summit that Riyadh’s decision to open its airspace to all air carriers had nothing to do with establishing diplomatic ties with Israel and was not a precursor to further steps.

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“The issue of overflights is a decision we took based on our commitments to the international protocols and also in the interest in providing connectivity between countries in the world. We hope that it will make some travelers’ lives easier. It’s not in any way a precursor to any further steps,” the Kingdom’s foreign minister said.

Any form of military or technical cooperation was neither discussed nor proposed at the recently concluded Jeddah Summit.

On Iran, the Saudi official said the Kingdom’s hand is extended to it, adding that although talks with Tehran have been positive, they have not achieved any results.

On Yemen, the foreign minister said the Kingdom continues to work to reach a comprehensive ceasefire in the war-torn country, adding that the Iran-backed Houthi militia must “realize that Yemen’s interest lies in peace and stability.”

He added that one of the reasons the conflict is ongoing in Yemen is Iranian weapons.

As for oil production, the Saudi official said that OPEC+ will continue to evaluate market needs and take action accordingly. “We did not discuss the issue of oil production at the summit. OPEC+ will continue to asses markets and what they need,” he said.

The key area of the summit focused on Saudi Arabia’s partnership with the US.

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