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Saudi Arabia agrees to allow Israeli commercial planes to cross its airspace - senior Trump official

By Steve Holland

 

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FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid al-Tayer are pictured at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel October 20, 2020. WAM/Handout via REUTERS

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates after talks between Saudi officials and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said.

 

Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue shortly after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks. "We were able to reconcile the issue," the official told Reuters.

 

The agreement was hammered out just hours before Israel's first commercial flight to the UAE was planned on Tuesday morning. The Israir flight was at risk of being canceled with no overflight agreement.

 

The direct flights are an offshoot of normalization deals Israel reached this year with the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.

 

"This should resolve any issues that should occur with Israeli carriers taking people from Israel to the UAE and back and to Bahrain," the official said.

 

Kushner and his team were to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later this week, as well as the emir of Kuwait. One goal of the trip is to try to persuade Gulf Cooperation Council countries to end a three-year blockade of Qatar.

 

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Dan Grebler)

 

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  • webfact changed the title to Saudi Arabia agrees to allow Israeli commercial planes to cross its airspace - senior Trump official

Not a Trump fan AT ALL , but what his team achieved in the Middle East is a pivotal moment. Hope the Arab nations and Israel continue on this peaceful road and dont let them be used anymore by the Palestinians, who are the true peace wreckers and obstructionist for decades. 

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