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Wed 8 Jul 2009 12:09 PM

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Saudi denies airspace for Israel claims

Government rubbishes report Israel allowed to use Saudi airspace for Iran attacks.

The Saudi government has rubbished reports that it would turn a blind eye if Israeli warplanes flew over the Kingdom to raid Iran’s nuclear sites.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the government said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia totally and categorically denies accounts published by a British newspaper regarding contacts with Israel or permission to use Saudi airspace for any hostile activities.

“The Kingdom is greatly puzzled by the publication of this false information, which directly contradicts the established and firm policies of the Saudi government regarding relations with the occupying government of Israel and the Kingdom’s prohibition against the use of its territories or airspace for aggression against another nation.”

On July 5, The Sunday Times newspaper claimed that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli planes into its airspace for any planned attacks on Iran.

Citing diplomatic sources, the report said the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Saudi had given permission to use the Kingdom’s airspace.

The claims were quickly denied by Netanyahu’s office, which labelled the report “fundamentally wrong and baseless”.    

The Sunday Times also said an Israeli defence source had confirmed that Mossad has a working relationship with Saudi, despite the countries sharing no diplomatic ties.

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