Israel Hopes Biden Trip Could Help Improve Ties With Saudi Arabia


JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East next month could help improve the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which do not have official diplomatic ties.

Lapid spoke to reporters a day after the White House announced Biden would visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority, followed by a trip to the Saudi kingdom.

“The rumors about talks regarding Saudi Arabia are not unfounded,” Lapid told reporters. “Everyone is looking at Saudi Arabia these days and the fact President Biden will fly directly from here to Saudi Arabia signals that there is a connection between the visit here and the visit there and the ability to improve ties” between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Lapid said.

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