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Israel Netanyahu says more officials to visit Saudi Arabia soon

September 27, 2023 at 6:22 pm

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 5, 2023 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Wednesday that more officials will visit Saudi Arabia soon, Anadolu Agency reports.

On Tuesday, Tourism Minister, Haim Katz, landed in Saudi Arabia to attend an event organised by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), marking the first-ever public visit by an Israeli official to the Kingdom.

Yesterday, an Israeli minister – our colleague Haim Katz – landed in Saudi Arabia, and there will be additional visits soon

Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting as cited by a statement issued by his office.

The Israeli Premier, however, did not provide any further details about the planned visits.

“We have been flying over Saudi Arabia for several years now, and we are talking about linking infrastructure,” Netanyahu said.

All of this sounds imaginary; it is not happening by itself. It is happening because we needed to spend years fighting against the concept and convincing many of us, first of all, and then many of our friends, especially in the US, to bypass the Palestinian veto

There was no comment from the Saudi authorities on Netanyahu’s statements.

Recent months have seen US efforts to strike a deal to normalise relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have diplomatic relations and Riyadh insists that any deal to normalise ties with Tel Aviv must include a component advancing efforts to establish a Palestinian state, concessions that Israel has, so far, flatly rebuffed.

Six Arab countries have diplomatic ties with Israel, starting with Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain in September 2020, and then Sudan and Morocco later that year.

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