‘Israeli passports cannot visit the kingdom’: Saudi Arabia pushes back after Israel allows travel to country

A day after Israel announced that it would allow its passport holders to travel to Saudi Arabia in certain cases, the country pushed back.

On Sunday, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri signed an order allowing Israelis to visit Saudi Arabia for business meetings or to travel to the Saudi city of Mecca for religious pilgrimages. Israelis typically visit Mecca using temporary papers from Jordan.

But, on Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan reaffirmed to CNN the country’s stance that Israeli citizens are not permitted to visit the nearby gulf nation.

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