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Israeli PM held secret talks in Saudi with Pompeo, crown prince: Report

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JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, media mentioned, within the first reported journey by an Israeli premier to the dominion. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who […]

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, media mentioned, within the first reported journey by an Israeli premier to the dominion.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Israel final week, was additionally on the reported talks, a diplomatic correspondent at Israeli public broadcaster Kan mentioned on Monday.
The broadcaster cited unnamed Israeli officers as saying that Netanyahu and the pinnacle of the Mossad spy company, Yossi Cohen, “flew yesterday to Saudi Arabia and met Pompeo and MBS within the metropolis of Neom”, referring to the usually used initials of Prince Mohammed.
The reported assembly comes weeks after Israel agreed historic US-brokered offers to normalise ties with two Saudi allies within the Gulf, the UAE and Bahrain, pacts generally known as the Abraham Accords.
A number of different Israeli media retailers reported on a Netanyahu journey to Saudi Arabia, together with outstanding diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid of Walla Information and Axios, who reported Netanyahu and Cohen flew on a airplane belonging to Israeli businessman Udi Angel.
Ravid additionally cited flight tracker knowledge that apparently confirmed Angel’s airplane leaving Israel at 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Sunday, heading to Neom on the Pink Sea and returning to Israel 5 hours later.
Netanyahu’s workplace was not instantly out there to touch upon the experiences.
The Saudi royal court docket and media ministry didn’t instantly reply to AFP’s request for touch upon the reported assembly between Netanyahu, Prince Mohamed and Pompeo.
Pompeo had travelled to Neom on Sunday from the UAE as a part of a Center East tour.
The Abraham Accords had been brokered by outgoing US President Donald Trump‘s administration.
US and Israeli officers have repeatedly indicated that extra Arab states had been set to forge ties with Israel. Sudan has agreed to take action in precept.
In late August, Netanyahu mentioned Israel was holding secret talks with a number of Arab international locations.
Publicly, Saudi Arabia has mentioned it could persist with the decades-old Arab League place of not having ties with Israel till the Jewish state’s battle with the Palestinians is resolved.
Israeli consultants have raised questions concerning the prospects of increasing the Abraham Accords beneath US President-elect Joe Biden‘s administration, notably with respect to Saudi Arabia.
Trump’s administration downplayed the position of human rights in worldwide diplomacy, and specifically was cautious about criticising Saudi Arabia’s rights document, notably over the homicide by Saudi brokers of outstanding journalist and Saudi royal critic Jamal Khashoggi.
A number of Israeli analysts have mentioned {that a} Biden administration, which is able to face stress from the progressive left within the Democratic Celebration, would undergo a backlash if it pushed for an Israeli-Saudi peace deal with none significant rights reforms agreed by Saudi Arabia.
With Trump’s time period set to finish on January 20, some Israeli consultants have speculated that Washington would foyer exhausting for an Israeli-Saudi deal earlier than Biden takes workplace.
Israel and the Arab Gulf state have engaged in quiet diplomacy for years over their widespread foe Iran.

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