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Waleed bin Talal denies making pro-Israel statements



RIYADH: Saudi Prince al Waleed bin Talal has denied making pro-Israel statements, while slamming the news publication AWDNews for repeatedly targeting him.

A statement given to CCN Arabic by the prince’s private office termed the article by AWDNews as “completely bogus and untrue,” adding that Prince Alwaleed had not spoken to the Kuwaiti media outlet mentioned in the article or made any of the statements attributed to him.

Prince Alwaleed’s office pointed out that the site in question had “repeatedly spread false and fabricated material about Prince Alwaleed without confirming the authenticity with his office.”

Earlier, AWD News reported that the Saudi prince had said that he would side with Israel in case of a Palestinian uprising and that he would attempt to break any Arab initiatives set to condemn the Jewish nation.

“I will side with the Jewish nation and its democratic aspirations in case of outbreak of a Palestinian Intifada (uprising),” bin Talal was quoted as saying by Kuwaiti Al Qabas daily.

“I shall exert all my influence to break any ominous Arab initiatives set to condemn Tel Aviv, because I deem the Arab-Israeli entente and future friendship necessary to impede the Iranian dangerous encroachment,” he added.