Chief Adviser of the US Presidency, Jared Kushner, announced that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain agreed to open their airspace to all flights coming to and from Israel.
“They not only agreed to open their airspace to flights between Israel and the UAE, but to all flights (from Israel) to the east,” Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“So when people make requests, they will accept these requests,” Kushner said, according to the Times of Israel newspaper.
The advisor pointed out that this decision will save people a lot of time and “bring down a barrier that has existed for 72 years,” noting that Saudi Arabia, in turn, would also benefit from being allowed to use Israeli airspace, which would lead to a reduction in the duration of flights between it and Europe.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had previously announced their agreement to allow flights between Israel and the UAE to operate through their airspace in response to Abu Dhabi’s request, but there has been no talk so far about opening the two-state space to all flights to and from Israel.
This comes just before the ceremony for the signing of the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel, which is scheduled to take place at the White House on September 15.
Source: Sputnik + The Times of Israel