Israel Withdraws Support for Saudi Expo 2030 Bid – But It Mattered Little

Riyadh has won the bid to host the 2030 Expo. (Photo: Ahmed, via Wikimedia Commons)

UPDATE: According to Reuters news agency, Saudi Arabia has, on Tuesday, won the bid to host the Expo 2030.

Israel has reportedly decided to withdraw its support for Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the Expo 2030 World Fair.

According to The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN), Israel had in the past supported the kingdom’s bid as a host country. 

Quoting Israeli sources, it said they had now decided to back Italy instead.

KAN said the decision was taken by the relevant Israeli authorities, although no official statement on the issue has been released. 

Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Italy are competing to win the bid to host the international exhibition. The event attracts millions of people and brings with it investment opportunities. 

The final vote for declaring the winning country will be made on Tuesday in Paris.

Riyadh, along with other Arab countries, has been critical of the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

The current onslaught came at a time when Saudi Arabia and Israel were moving towards a normalization of relations between the two countries. 

(PC, Memo, Anadolu)

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  1. The hosting of the Expo 2030 in Riyadh represents an opportunity to share Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage, deep-rooted history, and cultural diversity with the world. It aims to showcase the present and future economic, social, and developmental growth, presenting creative and enriching experiences to millions of visitors from around the globe.

  2. The Saudi bid received 119 votes from member countries in a secret electronic ballot during the 173rd General Assembly of the Bureau in Paris, defeating South Korea (Busan) and Italy (Rome).

  3. The world’s confidence and choice of Riyadh for Expo 2030 reflect the leadership’s support and empowerment for the bidding file. The world also acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s progress and development under an inspiring national vision led by a great leadership and ambitious people.

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