Israel’s Kan public radio and Army Radio has reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia, where he met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Netanyahu was reportedly accompanied by Mossad intelligence chief Yossi Cohen during the alleged visit.

The reports claim that the alleged secret gathering took place in Neom, a newly planned Saudi city, located a few miles from Israel’s southern border.

Education Minister Yoav Gallant, who is also a member of Netanyahu’s cabinet and Likud party, confirmed the report, pointing out that “the very fact the meeting happened, and was outed publicly, even if half-officially right now, is a matter of great importance”. The US Embassy in Jerusalem is yet to comment on the matter.

The report followed the Saudi Press Agency announcing in September that the Kingdom would allow Israel to fly over its territories en route to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

In August, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he believed Saudi Arabia would be the next country to join the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).