Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has denied media reports that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and Israeli officials held a meeting in the Kingdom.
“I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo. No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi”, bin Farhan tweeted Monday.
Earlier in the day, Israel’s Army Radio reported citing an Israeli cabinet member, that Benjamin Netanyahu had made an unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia to meet the Gulf country’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“The very fact the meeting happened and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance,” Yoav Galant, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet and his Likud party, told Israel’s Army Radio.
Hebrew-language reports, citing unnamed Israeli officials, reported that Netanyahu was accompanied by Yossi Cohen, the head of the country’s Mossad spy agency. The Israeli prime minister’s office did not respond to a media request for comment on the matter.
Separately, flight tracking websites, universally cited on Twitter, showed a private jet, considered to have been previously used by Netanyahu, take off from Tel Aviv to Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea city of Neom, where Prince Mohammed and Pompeo were to meet, on Sunday night. The aircraft ostensibly remained in the city for a few hours before returning to the Zionist entity.