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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Visits Saudi, Seeks Arab League Support For His People

PARIS, France - - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a surprising and bold move by attending the Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia on Friday. His aim was to seek support for his country in the face of Russia’s invasion, as well as to enhance bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties with the Arab world.

Zelenskiy, who wore his trademark green military-inspired outfit, delivered a passionate speech at the event, calling on the Arab leaders to help protect “our people, including [the] Ukrainian Muslim community”. He also highlighted the importance of Ukraine’s economic and educational ties with he Arab world, and distributed his 10-point peace plan to the delegates.

The Ukrainian president’s visit was a clear deviation from his previous diplomatic strategy, which focused on seeking support from staunch allies such as European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. He will also travel to Japan over the weekend to attend the G7 meeting.

By reaching out to the Arab World, Zelensiy showed his willingness to explore new avenues his willingness to explore new avenues of cooperation and mediation in the war with Russia. He also demonstrated his courage and determination to stand up for his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, despite the risks and challenges involved.

The Arab states have remained largely neutral over Russia’s war in Ukraine, with many maintaining close ties to Moscow. Some have even preferred to “turn a blind eye” to Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian land and its jailing of some Ukrainians during the 15-month war, as Zelenskiy pointed out.

However, Zelenskiy also found a potential ally in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who expressed his readiness to mediate in the conflict between Moscow and Kiyv. The Saudi crown prince has mediate in the conflict before, securing the release of 10 foreigners captured by Russia in Ukraine last year.

The Saudi crown prince also reaffirmed his country’s support for all international efforts aimed at resolving the crisis politically in a way that contributes to achieving security. He also welcomed back into the Arab fold Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, who has received heavy support from Russia in his country’s civil war.

Zelenskiy’s visit to Saudi Arabia was a risky but necessary step in his quest for peace and justice. He showed that he is not afraid to reach out to new partners and challenge old adversaries. He also showed that he is not alone in his struggle against Russian aggression. He has friends and supporters in different parts of the world, including the Arab world.



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