Published: 10:55, February 28, 2024 | Updated: 17:40, February 28, 2024
Zelensky, Saudi crown prince discuss ways to end Ukraine crisis
By Xinhua

This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on Feb 27, 2024 shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) meeting with Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud at the Royal Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. At top is a picture showing Saudi King Salman. (PHOTO / AFP)

KYIV/RIYADH - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud discussed ways to put an end to the conflict in Ukraine during their meeting in Saudi Arabia, Ukraine's presidential press service reported Tuesday.

In particular, the parties talked about the preparations for a peace summit of world leaders designed to bring peace to Ukraine.

The two leaders discussed the content of the summit and possible steps for the restoration of security for "Ukraine, the whole of Europe and all the peoples around the world".

Last week, the head of the Ukrainian President's Office Andriy Yermak said that Kyiv would invite representatives of more than 160 countries to participate in the peace summit, which is due to take place in Switzerland soon.

The visit to Saudi Arabia aimed to discuss peace prospects, the exchange of prisoners, and the areas of economic cooperation and potential involvement of Saudi Arabia in Ukraine's post-war reconstruction efforts, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter

The two sides also exchanged their views on Ukraine's Peace Formula.

Zelensky, who arrived in Saudi Arabia for a working visit earlier in the day, thanked the crown prince for the advice on speeding up the process of implementing some points of the Peace Formula.

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The visit aimed to discuss peace prospects, the exchange of prisoners, and the areas of economic cooperation and potential involvement of Saudi Arabia in Ukraine's post-war reconstruction efforts, Zelensky said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

"We discussed the Peace Formula's points and the progress that can be made in implementing them. Saudi Arabia's leadership can assist in finding equitable solutions," Zelensky said. Ukraine's Peace Formula calls for the full withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory.

In another post on X, the Ukrainian president noted that Saudi Arabia "has already contributed to the release of our people. I am confident this meeting will also yield results".

This handout image from the state-run Saudi Press Agency shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (left) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Feb 27, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

The Saudi crown prince reaffirmed his country's support for all international endeavors aimed at resolving the crisis and achieving peace, and its continued contribution to alleviating the situation through humanitarian assistance, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Zelensky "expressed appreciation and thanks for the efforts exerted by the Kingdom in this regard", according to the report.

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Saudi Arabia, which maintains ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, had mediated between the two sides before, helping reach a deal in September 2022 that freed over 200 captive Ukrainians.