Israeli Passport Holders Cannot Visit Saudi Arabia, Saudi FM

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Faisal

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said Israelis were not welcome to visit the Kingdom. This was after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday.

“Our policy is consistent and firm. We do not have relations with Israel.”

“Israeli passport holders cannot visit the kingdom at the current time,” the US broadcaster also quoted him as saying.

Israel’s Interior Ministry announced on Sunday that it will now permit Israelis to visit Saudi Arabia, for the first time in Israel’s history. The new rules will allow travel to Saudi Arabia for the Islamic pilgrimages known as the Hajj and the Umrah, or for business trips of up to 90 days. However, business trips will be conditional on the traveler having an invitation from a Saudi official.