Saudi Arabia claims King Salman negotiated the reopening of Masjid Al-Aqsa

King Salman [Credit: EPA/JOSE HUESCA}

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court has claimed that King Salman Bin Abdulaziz spearheaded the negotiations which led to the reopening of Masjid Al-Aqsa last Thursday.

A statement issued by the Kingdom’s Royal Court said: “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has held contacts with many world leaders over the past few days.

“The Saudi government has also contacted the US government to exert its efforts in order not to close Al-Aqsa Mosque in the face of Muslims and to remove all restrictions imposed on Muslim worshippers.

“These efforts have been crowned with success today and in a way that will contribute, God willing, to restore stability and reassurance to the worshipers and preserve their dignity and security.”

The statement added that King Salman highlighted the importance of achieving a “just and comprehensive peace for the Palestinian cause in accordance with the Arab peace initiative and the two-state solution as well as the relevant international resolutions”.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested for 12 days against the occupying Israeli forces’ imposition of metal detectors at the entrances of Masjid Al-Aqsa.

The metal detectors have now been removed, but Israeli security officials stated that it will be replaced by “less intrusive” surveillance systems.

Five Palestinians have been killed in the two weeks after 14 July and more than a thousand injured.

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