Saudi Arabia has agreed to permit UAE flights to “all international locations” to overfly the dominion, state media reported Wednesday, days after permitting an Israeli plane to go over en path to Abu Dhabi.
Saudi Arabia has accepted an Emirati request to permit “crossing the dominion’s airspace for flights heading to the UAE and departing from it to all international locations”, the official Saudi Press Company stated, citing a supply from the civil aviation authority.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the meantime introduced that Monday’s historic first industrial flight of an Israeli plane direct to the United Arab Emirates throughout Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be the final.
“Israeli planes and people from all international locations will have the ability to fly immediately from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and again,” Netanyahu stated, with out giving any timeline.
The bulletins come after a US-Israeli delegation visited Abu Dhabi on Monday, on the primary direct industrial flight from Tel Aviv to mark the normalisation of ties between the Jewish state and the UAE.
Saudi Arabia has stated it is not going to comply with the United Arab Emirates in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel till the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognised peace accord with the Palestinians.
However the kingdom has cultivated clandestine relations with Israel lately, in a shift spearheaded by de facto chief Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In an indication of its cooperation with Israel, Saudi Arabia allowed Monday’s historic flight to cross its airspace, halving what would in any other case have been an extended detour across the Arabian peninsula.
Nonetheless, Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s greatest financial system and residential to Islam’s holiest websites, faces extra delicate political calculations than the UAE.
Not solely would a proper recognition of Israel be seen by Palestinians and their supporters as a betrayal of their trigger, it might additionally harm the dominion’s picture because the chief of the Islamic world.
In 2002, Saudi Arabia sponsored the Arab Peace Initiative which referred to as for Israel’s full withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied within the Six-Day Struggle of 1967 and an equitable answer for Palestinian refugees, in change for peace and the complete normalisation of relations.
However a shared animosity in the direction of Iran, together with Saudi makes an attempt to draw international funding to fund Prince Mohammed’s bold Imaginative and prescient 2030 financial diversification plan, seem like pushing the dominion nearer to Israel than ever.
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