As you may know, Israel and Saudi Arabia are no friends.

In fact, the two countries share no diplomatic ties.

But reports have emerged suggesting that the two countries have been nurturing their relations secretly.

An Israeli radio last month reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had secretly met officials in Israel.

However, Saudi Arabia has on Sunday denied it in a statement.

“Reports of a secret visit to Israel by a Saudi official which have appeared on some media are unfounded,” a spokesman for the Saudi foreign ministry said.

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“Saudi Arabia has always been transparent as regards contacts and visits to foreign countries," the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Israeli officials never confirmed the reports.

In 2002, Saudi Arabia proposed a peace initiative offering Arab countries’ recognition of Israel in return for Israel’s withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967 and the creation of a Palestinian state.

The plan was never put into action.

There are no indications that Arab states are set to formally recognise Israel.

But like Israel, most Gulf states including Saudi Arabia prioritise curbing Iran’s regional influence.

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