Obama, Putin call Saudi king over Al-Aqsa

Russian, US presidents discussed possible settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Saudi Arabia's King in wake of clashes in Jerusalem

Obama, Putin call Saudi king over Al-Aqsa

World Bulletin / News Desk

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has had two separate phone discussions Wednesday night with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both calls shared the same topic, which was the latest assault by Israeli forces on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque. 

Recent incursions by Israeli security forces into occupied East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound have led to days of conflict between Israeli forces and Muslim worshippers. 

"The sides discussed prospects of the Israeli-Palestinian settlement, especially in light of mass clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque complex," Kremlin press service said.

The White House did not give details on the Saudi and U.S. leaders' discussion about violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

Moreover, Obama brought up the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The two leaders also assessed the steps they have taken to mitigate the humanitarian crisis, including the U.S. announcement Wednesday of a $90 million humanitarian aid package to victims affected by the conflict in Yemen.

"They reaffirmed their commitment to work expeditiously to allow for unfettered access to all forms of humanitarian assistance, including fuel into Yemen, and the opening of Red Sea ports," the statement from White House said. 

 

 

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