Saudi Arabia opens airspace, Biden hails ‘historic’ signal to Israel

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Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority announced plans to open its airspace “to all airlines that meet the authority’s requirements for overflight” on Thursday night, in a gesture seen as a signal of rapprochement with Israel. US President Joe Biden, who is currently on a state visit to Israel and is due to travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday, praised the Saudi leadership’s move as a “historic decision.” Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations, with the Gulf kingdom not even recognising Israel as a state, one possible reason why the Saudi statement did not refer to Israel by name. Behind …

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