Israeli PM’s secret visit to Saudi Arabia
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a secret visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The Washington Post quoted Israeli media as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Saudi Arabia.
According to the Washington Post, the meeting between Netanyahu and Prince Muhammad bin Salman took place in the Saudi city of Newem. However, Saudi Arabia and Israel have not officially confirmed Netanyahu’s visit.
According to Reuters news agency, an Israeli delegation led by Netanyahu visited Saudi Arabia. The meeting was also attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mossad chief Susie Cohen.
On the other hand, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud has said that relations with Israel are possible only in the case of a permanent peace agreement with Palestine.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia had said that diplomatic relations with Israel could not be established unless Israel signed an internationally recognized peace agreement with the Palestinians.
During a press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss in the German capital, Berlin, Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud said that the condition for establishing relations was “peace with the Palestinians” under international agreements.
Two months ago, the United Arab Emirates became the first Gulf state to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The peace deal between the two countries was brokered by the United States and was first announced by US President Donald Trump in a tweet.
US President Donald Trump had said he hoped Saudi Arabia would join the UAE-Israel agreement. Joining the agreement will restore full Saudi-Israeli relations.
An agreement was reached between Israel and the UAE on August 13 stating that Israel “will now consider expanding its relations with other Arab and Muslim countries” and that the UAE and the United States will pursue this goal. will work.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the agreement a betrayal and indicated that the UAE would recall its ambassador to Palestine.