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First direct flight from Israel lands in Saudi Arabia

This picture taken on August 3, 2020 shows the tail end of an Israeli El Al airline Boeing 737-958 aircraft on the tarmac at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, east of Tel Aviv. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli El Al airline Boeing 737-958 aircraft at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on August 3, 2020 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

An Israeli flight landed in Saudi Arabia for the first time yesterday morning, Israeli Public Broadcaster Kan reported.

According to the Times of Israel, this came only one day after the first flight from Saudi Arabia landed in Israel.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have official relations, but they have been exchanging secret visits and holding talks.

While there are no commercial flights between the two countries, this, according to the Israeli media, is a reflection of the progress being made in the relationship between the two sides.

Last year, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco agreed to normalise ties with Israel. This led to Saudi Arabia opening its airspace to Israeli carriers on route to the UAE and other destinations. This reduced flight times from Israel to India by some two hours.

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