Saudi is making “maximum effort” to stop war escalating, crown prince tells Iran’s president

Saudi Arabia is “exerting maximum effort” to prevent an escalation of the conflict in Israel and Gaza, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Iran’s president in a phone call on Wednesday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.

“[The crown prince] emphasized that the Kingdom is exerting maximum effort to engage with all international and regional parties to halt the ongoing escalation, and he asserted the Kingdom’s opposition to any form of civilian targeting and the loss of innocent lives,” SPA said.

The prince also expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stressed Saudi’s support to achieve a “comprehensive and fair peace that ensures the Palestinian people’s legitimate rights,” SPA reported.

According to an Iranian official, the call between the Saudi crown prince and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi Wednesday was their first since the two countries renewed diplomatic ties earlier this year.