Saudi Prince deny secret visit to Israel

Saudi Prince deny secret visit to Israel

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied that any of its officials had visited Israel , after Israeli media reported that a senior prince had made a secret diplomatic trip there.

"Reports of a secret visit to Israel by a Saudi official which have appeared on some media are unfounded," a spokesman for the Saudi foreign ministry said.

"Saudi Arabia has always been transparent as regards contacts and visits" to foreign countries, the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Israeli radio last month reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had secretly met officials in Israel .

Israeli officials never confirmed the reports.

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed a peace initiative offering Arab countries  recognition of Israel in return for Israel  s withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967 and the creation of a Palestinian state.

The plan was never put into action.

There are no indications that Arab states are set to formally recognise Israel .

But like Israel , most Gulf states including Saudi Arabia prioritise curbing Iran s regional influence.

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