A Palestinian Authority official told an UAE-based newspaper on Friday that senior Israeli and Saudi officials recently met in Egypt for a series of secret talks. According to the official, a possible détente between the kingdom and Israel would harm the Palestinians.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Photo Credit: EPA

Senior Israeli and Saudi officials reportedly met in Cairo last week for a series of talks discussing mutual economic interests, an unnamed Palestinian Authority official told the Al Khaleej Times Friday.

According to the Iranian Press TV media outlet, the official said that the Egypt-brokered meetings were a major development in the apparent warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The PA official also warned that a détente between the two nations would harm the Palestinians.

Riyadh and Jerusalem have never had official diplomatic relations. However, especially in recent months, reports about emerging Saudi-Israeli relations have surfaced—mainly due to the fact that both countries view Iran as a serious threat.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Saudi Arabia has granted Indian Air permission to use its airspace when flying to and from Tel Aviv. The Saudi decision was seen as a significant development in the kingdom’s orientation toward Israel because in the past 70 years, it has never allowed an airline to use its airspace when flying directly to or from the Jewish state.