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Saudi Arabia gives India overflight rights for Israel Routes

WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that Saudi Arabia has granted overflight rights to Indian airline for Israel routes.

Netanyahu made this announcement while talking to Israeli reporters after his meeting with the US President Donald Trump at Oval Office.

According to Israeli Prime Minister, Saudi Arabia has given Indian state airline, Air India permission to fly over its territory on its new routes to and from Tel Aviv.

However, there is no confirmation either from Saudi Arabia or India.

It is pertinent to mention here that Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel.

Lifting a 70-year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both US allies with a shared concern over Iranian influence in the region.

Last month, Air India announced the planned thrice-weekly flights to Tel Aviv over Saudi soil, but the General Authority of Civil Aviation in Riyadh said at the time it had not granted such permission to the carrier.

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