Saudi Arabia is said to be preparing to allow all commercial flights to and from the Zionist entity to overfly its airspace, and also to permit direct charter flights to and from the occupied territories for Muslims participating in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.
Citing “people familiar with the matter, a CNN report on Wednesday said Riyadh was preparing to make the announcement this week, as US President Joe Biden visits the region on a much-anticipated official state trip that will include a direct flight from the Zionist entity to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Riyadh, CNN said, is expected to announce “that it will allow all commercial flights to and from Israel to use its airspace and allow Israel’s Muslim minority to take charter flights directly to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Hajj.”
In an opinion article ahead of the trip, Biden said the direct travel was a “small symbol of the warming ties between Israel and the Arab world and steps toward normalization.”
The Zionist entity and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations, but covert ties have warmed in recent years as Riyadh and its de factor ruler, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have reportedly come to see the Zionist entity as a ‘strategic partner’ in the battle against Iran.
Source: Israeli media