Israeli passport holders cannot visit Saudi Arabia: FM

Faisal Bin Farhan

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Israelis were not welcome to visit the Kingdom after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday.

“Our policy is fixed. We do not have relations with the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the Kingdom at the current time,” the US broadcaster quoted Prince Faisal Bin Farhan as saying.

A statement from Israel’s interior minister on Sunday said Israelis — if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities — would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

“When a peace agreement is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I believe the issue of Israel’s involvement in the region will be on the table,” Prince Faisal said.