Saudi Arabia to host discussions on Ukraine next month


Aerial view shows destroyed buildings as a result of intense fighting, amid the Russian invasion, in Bakhmut, Ukraine in this still image from a handout video released June 15, 2023. (93rd Kholodnyi Yar Brigade/Handout via Reuters)


Saudi Arabia is preparing to hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine and has sent an invitation to Western, Asian and African states, as well as India and Brazil, a report said Saturday.

The meeting would bring senior officials from up to 30 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Mexico, Chile and Zambia, to Jeddah on Aug 5 and 6, the report said, citing diplomats involved in the discussion.

Ukraine and Western officials hope that the talks, which exclude Russia, can lead to international backing for peace terms favoring Ukraine, it said.

The Kremlin claims to have annexed around a sixth of Ukraine and has said it views peace talks with Ukraine as possible only Among the invited countries, it is not yet clear how many will attend, although countries that took part in a similar round of talks in Copenhagen in June are expected to do so again, the report said.

Britain, South Africa, Poland and the EU are among those who have confirmed attendance and the U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan is expected to attend, it added.

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