In first, Saudi Arabia’s nationwide soccer crew performs towards Palestinians in West Financial institution – Palestinians

Saudi Arabia’s nationwide soccer crew has arrived within the West Financial institution for its first match within the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed crew representatives on Sunday. He says Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier illustrates deep bonds between the 2 peoples.

Members of Saudi Arabia's national football team are welcomed in the Palestinian city of Ramallah on October 13, 2019.

Abbas says: “We’re pleased with this go to, and we really feel it embodies the historic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Palestine.”

The 2 groups have performed many occasions, and the Palestinians have hosted different Arab groups. However Saudi Arabia has by no means visited the West Financial institution earlier than, apparently as a result of it didn’t need to be seen as legitimizing Israel’s occupation of the territory.

Many Palestinians welcomed the Saudi go to as an essential present of assist. However some social media critics imagine it displays Saudi Arabia’s warming behind-the-scenes ties with Israel.