Saudi Arabia Lets Israeli Commercial Planes Cross Its Airspace

The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on October 19.

Washington (GDC) — Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday, local time, 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 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.

Israeli nationals are raising Israeli passports in Dubai airport to celebrate UAE-Israeli peace deal.

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 cancelled with no overflight agreement.

Israeli nationals are raising Israeli passports in Dubai airport.

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

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“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.

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