Saudi Arabia and Israel prepare for major diplomatic meeting

Saudi Arabia allows Israeli businessmen to enter the country with their Israeli passports after receiving a special visa, sources familiar with the matter told ‘Globes’. For the most part, it is representatives and executives of Israeli technology companies who are invited to visit by the Saudis. This is a sweeping change that follows the reversal in recent months of the general ban on Israeli passport holders, making it easier to obtain special visas.

Dozens of Israeli businessmen took advantage of this option and visited Riyadh, the economic center of Saudi Arabia and other places like Neom.

All this prepares the ground for a major diplomatic meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia with economic and defense aspects, an international source familiar with the matter told “Globes”. Among other things, agreements will be signed in aviation, and cooperation in research and technology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and energy.

The source explained, “The Saudis prefer things to focus mainly on economic affairs because on other topics there are still a lot of hurdles but economic openness testifies to the next steps which are not far away.” These facts have been confirmed by other sources in Israel, the United States and even a source in Saudi Arabia itself.

The source said last week’s article in “Globes” on economic relations was translated into Arabic and seen by prominent Saudis. The source said the response from these senior officials was that “the spirit of things was that now is the time not to hide these things. The two countries have a lot to give each other, and the economic-commercial-technological direction is the right direction right now. Publishing (in Globes) will also help links and visits and that’s good.”

The source added that many Saudis are asking to come to Israel to promote business and see how technologies work, especially in the fields of agriculture and high tech.”

Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on May 29, 2022.

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