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.