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After talks between Saudi officials and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, Reuters news agency and Israeli media outlets have announced, Saudi Arabia decided that Israeli airliners to use its airspace to go the United Arab Emirates.
Soon after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks, Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook addressed the issue. “We were able to reconcile the issue,” U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration official told Reuters on Monday.
Just hours prior to Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was scheduled on Tuesday morning, the treaty was figured out. With no overflight arrangement, the Israeli flight was at risk of being terminated.
Nonstop flights are an offshoot of the standardization agreements that Israel signed with the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan this year.
The UAE has also benefited from standardization, with the White House moving the Gulf country forward with weapons sales, except an advanced fighter jet.
The White House official has mentioned that “This will address any problems that would arise with Israeli airlines transporting passengers from Israel to the UAE and returning back to Bahrain.”
Later this week, Kushner and his team met with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the emir of Kuwait.
One objective of the trip is to find a way to convince the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to end Qatar’s three-year blockade.
The GCC representatives of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and non-GCC Egypt have been subjected to a blockade of air, land, and sea since June 2017.
They broke ties with Doha after alleging “terrorism” was sponsored by it.
The accusations were strongly denied by Qatar, claiming there was no legitimate justification” for breaking ties.