In first, Tourism Minister Katz leads official Israeli delegation to Saudi Arabia

Tourism Minister Haim Katz poses next to a UNWTO poster in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 26, 2023. (Courtesy: Haim Kaitz)
Tourism Minister Haim Katz poses next to a UNWTO poster in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on September 26, 2023. (Courtesy: Haim Kaitz)

Tourism Minister Haim Katz lands in Saudi Arabia for a UN event, becoming the first Israeli minister to lead a delegation to the kingdom, his office says.

Katz is on a two-day visit as part of a United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) event.

“Tourism is a bridge between nations,” Katz says, according to his office. “Cooperation in the field of tourism has the potential to bring hearts together, and economic progress.”

“I will work to advance cooperation, tourism and the foreign relations of Israel,” he says.

Katz’s visit comes as Israel and Saudi Arabia edge closer to a normalization deal.

In March this year, Saudi Arabia had refused to issue visas for an Israeli delegation to a similar UNWTO event.

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