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Saudi Arabia denies crown prince met with Netanyahu, or any Israeli

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denies widespread reporting citing Israeli and Saudi officials that said Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the kingdom yesterday.

“I have seen press reports about a purported meeting between HRH the Crown Prince and Israeli officials during the recent visit by @SecPompeo,” he tweets.

“No such meeting occurred. The only officials present were American and Saudi.”

Meanwhile, Channel 12’s Arab affairs reporter Ehud Ya’ari insists the meeting did occur and adds “this wasn’t the first meeting between the two, but others weren’t leaked..”

The meeting has been confirmed by Israeli and Saudi officials anonymously to both Hebrew media and the Wall Street Journal. Education Minister Yoav Gallant also confirmed the meeting took place.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud speaks during his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the State Department, October 14, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Manuel Balce CENETA / POOL / AFP)
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