Netanyahu ‘flew to Saudi Arabia for secret talks with crown prince’

Israel PM 'flew to Saudi Arabia for secret talks with crown prince'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has not confirmed the reports. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday secretly flew to Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Israeli media report.

Flight-tracking data showed a business jet previously used by the Prime Minister travelled to the Red Sea city of Neom.

A Gulfstream IV jet took off from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International airport on Sunday afternoon and flew south along the eastern coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula before heading towards Saudi Arabia’s north-western Red Sea coast, according to data from FlightRadar24.com.

There was no official confirmation from any side, but a minister of Israel said he had been told about it by the foreign ministry.

If true, it would be the first known meeting between the leaders of the historical foes, whom the United States wants to normalise ties.

US President Donald Trump has recently brokered deals establishing diplomatic relations between Israel United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

Saudi Arabia cautiously welcomed those step, but indicated that the country would wait until there was a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan and other media reported citing unnamed Israeli sources that Mr Netanyahu and the head of the Mossad intelligence service, Yossi Cohen, attended talks in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The meeting took place on Sunday evening, according to local media reports.

A senior Saudi adviser told the Wall Street Journal that the leaders discussed several issues, including Iran and normalisation of ties, but that no substantial agreements were reached.

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