Date :Friday, November 2nd, 2018 | Time : 19:24 |ID: 76609 | Print

Bin salman held a meeting with a group of pro-Israeli American Evangelical Christians in Riyadh

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SHAFAQNA- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with a delegation of pro-Israeli American advocates in Riyadh among reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the US to keep supporting the young prince over Khashoggi’s case.

In a new sign of growing ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, bin Salman hosted a group of pro-Israeli American Evangelical Christians in Riyadh on Thursday, Israeli media reported.

The delegation was led on Thursday by Joel Rosenberg a dual US-Israeli author and activist who runs the Jashua Fund pro-Israeli charity. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem al-Quds, was also among the participants of the meeting.

The two sides discussed a wide range of topics including Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia’s relations with the US.

“Without question, this is a season of tremendous change in the Middle East, and therefore we have been grateful for the opportunity to meet in-person with key Arab leaders to understand their goals and to ask direct question.”, the delegation said in a statement.

The delegation held separate meetings with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir as well as Saudi Ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman, and secretary-general of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa.

The meetings came shortly after The Washington Post revealed in a report earlier in the day that Netanyahu has asked US President Donald Trump to continue supporting MBS despite accusations that he ordered a hit job on anti-Riyadh journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, Press TV reported.

The Israeli PM had asked top US officials recently not to abandon their support for bin Salman over the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul, according to multiple reports.

Netanyahu has specifically told the White House that the crown prince is a key strategic partner and a linchpin of the US-Israeli front against Iran’s regional influence, Aljazeera reported.

Saudi Arabia does not officially recognize Israel, but the warming of Riyadh-Tel Aviv relations has gathered pace since June 2017, when bin Salman became the crown prince and the kingdom’s de facto leader.

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