Israeli Confirms Rare Saudi Visit

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JERUSALEM: The head of a Saudi delegation to Israel and the occupied West Bank met a senior Israeli gov­ernment official during the trip, Isra­el’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Em­manuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and the ministry’s director general, Dore Gold, took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give details. 

The Jerusalem Post newspaper said Eshki led a delegation of busi­nessmen and academics on a mission to promote a stalled Saudi-led 2002 Arab peace initiative. 

It said that he met Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the military body that coordinates Israeli activi­ties in the West Bank and Gaza, and talked on Friday in the West Bank to a group of Israeli opposition MPs. 

Israel and Saudi Arabia have never had diplomatic relations but there have been media reports of intelligence-sharing. 

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