Zelensky discusses peace summit with MBS on Saudi visit

By AFP
June 13, 2024
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on June 12, 2024, shows Ukraine s President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) meeting with Saudi Arabia s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Jeddah. —AFP

RIYADH: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said he discussed preparations for a peace summit this weekend with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Zelensky landed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah for his latest trip to the Gulf kingdom, which has sought to stay neutral in Ukraine´s war with Russia.

In a post on social media, he said he held an “energetic meeting” with the Saudi de facto ruler.

“We also discussed the inaugural Global Peace Summit preparations, its expected outcomes and their possible implementation, as well as ways to bring true peace for Ukraine closer.”

Zelensky has travelled the world in recent weeks to rally support and attendance for the peace summit scheduled to take place in Switzerland this weekend.

He has visited traditional allies in the European Union as well as countries in the Middle East and Asia with closer relations with Russia.

Earlier this month, he visited Singapore, the Philippines and Qatar.

Representatives from about 90 countries are expected to gather in Switzerland to discuss Kyiv´s plan to end the war.

Zelensky has convinced many officials to attend through in-person visits.

Saudi Arabia, the world´s biggest crude exporter, works closely with Moscow on oil policy and has touted its ties to both Moscow and Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, positioning itself as a possible mediator in the war.

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