DC, WASHINGTON: After talks between Saudi officials and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said, Saudi Arabia decided on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates.
Soon after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for negotiations, Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue. “The official told Reuters, “We were able to reconcile the matter.
Only hours before Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was scheduled on Tuesday morning, the deal was hammered out. With no overflight deal, the Israeli flight was at risk of being cancelled.
Direct flights are an offshoot of Israel’s normalisation arrangements with the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan this year.
This should fix any problems that should happen with Israeli carriers carrying people to the UAE and back and Bahrain from Israel,” the official said.
Later this week, Kushner and his staff were to speak with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as the emir of Kuwait. One purpose of the trip is to try to convince the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to end Qatar’s three-year blockade.