What Happened: President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas is visiting Riyadh to meet with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Haaretz reported Feb. 11.
Why It Matters: The visit comes just ahead of a U.S.-led summit on Middle Eastern security, when the United States is expected to unveil plans for a peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians. Abbas is looking to garner regional backing to oppose the deal over concerns it would favor Israel.
Background: Arab nations in the Persian Gulf region have traditionally provided support to the Palestinians in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Arab solidarity. Some Gulf states, however, increasingly have been reconsidering their stance toward Israel, and small-scale collaboration has become more common.