Palestinian Authorities have welcomed the first Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Palestine.

The new Saudi Ambassador Nayef al-Sudairi and his accompanying delegation arrived in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday through the Karama crossing from Jordan on a two-day official visit that will end on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the visit of the Saudi ambassador, considering it “a historic milestone for developing fraternal relations between the two sister countries”.

Last August, al-Sudairi, who is Saudi Arabia’s current ambassador to Jordan, was appointed non-resident envoy to Palestine and consul general in Jerusalem.

At the time, Israel rejected the notion of establishing a Saudi consulate in Jerusalem, with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen saying al-Sudairi could meet PA representatives in Jerusalem but would have no fixed presence.

Israel claims Jerusalem as its own capital, a status recognised by the United States under then-President Donald Trump in 2017 but not by the international community.

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