Monday, 23 November 2020
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled in secret to Saudi Arabia on Sunday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Israeli media report on Monday.
According to the Israeli press, Mr Netanyahu was joined by the head of Israeli Intelligence Mossad, Yossi Cohen.
The news about the secret meeting, which lasted two hours, were leaked in Israel. Netanyahu refused to confirm or deny that a meeting had taken place.
His political rivals in the Israeli government complained that they had not been informed about the meeting. The Saudi Arabian minister of foreign affairs tweeted today that no such meeting had occurred.
The visit took reportedly place in Neom, a futuristic city located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia, geographically very near Israel’s southern border.
The meeting is the first of its kind between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Saudi Crown Prince, coming just months after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel.
The Brussels Times