Israeli citizens now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia

Israeli citizens now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia

Israel announced that it would permit Israeli citizens to travel to Saudi Arabia for the first time, under certain conditions that include Israeli entrepreneurs seeking investments, in a signal of warming ties.

Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri issued a statement saying that Israelis would be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia under two circumstances: for religious reasons on pilgrimage on the haj, or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings, Reuters reported.

Travelers would still need an invitation and permission from the Saudi authorities, according to the statement.

Israelis have been traveling to Saudi Arabia for years but usually with special permission or using foreign passports.

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