JERUSALEM: On Sunday, Israel officially allowed its citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious and commercial visits, in a major step towards improving ties with KSA.
As Israelis traveled to Saudi Arabia through third countries, especially Jordan in the past, the Minister of the Interior’s announcement will have a limited practical effect. While Interior Minister Aryeh Deri signed an executive order allowing Israelis to depart Saudi Arabia for the first time.”
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The step, planned and executed with the services of security and diplomacy, approves ravel the Gulf State ‘ for religious reasons as the context of the Hajj and Umrah (Muslim pilgrimages).
Israel also said that it would make it possible for its citizens to go to Saudi Arabia for “travels not to surpass 90 days to participate in business meetings or to seek investment.”
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There was no sign of reciprocal changes in policy from the Saudi side, but signals suggesting the growing relations between Israel and the Gulf states have occurred in recent months.