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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair expressed his belief that the administration of US President Donald Trump is serious about peace between Israelis and Arabs.
"The Americans are working on ideas and consulting with all parties, including Saudi Arabia, and integrating the viewpoints presented to them by all," Al-Jubeir told France 24 television. "They said they needed more time to put forward a plan for a settlement in the Middle East."
"It is not yet clear whether the administration's proposals will be acceptable to both parties because I do not think the plan on which the United States is working is yet complete," he said.
Al-Jubeir also denied the existence of any ties to the kingdom with Israel, although they share concerns over Iran's influence in the region. He said Riyadh had a "roadmap" for establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel after a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Trump's adviser, Jared Kouchner, leads US efforts to bring peace between the Palestinians and Israel and resume direct negotiations, but has yet to yield any results.
Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of the US embassy has raised concerns on the international scene over the future of the Middle East peace process. Washington says its decision is not about Jerusalem's borders or final status, which must be determined through negotiations.