The former director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency Prince Turki al-Faisal was invited to the meeting as a special guest. He reportedly met with former director of Mossad Efraim Halevy and former undersecretary of Defense for Policy of US Defense Department and a member of US Democratic Party Michele Flournoy on the sideline of the conference to discuss the ways of improving Saudi-Israeli relations.
Prince Turki al-Faisal said during his speech in the forum that there remains ‘only one step away’ from opening an Israeli embassy in Riyadh and that ‘we hope this would happen in the coming months’. He added that the security of Middle East will hinge upon a close cooperation among Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
He went on to say that the misunderstanding between the Arabs and the Israelis are easy to be cleared up through negotiations and there is no need for animosity, adding that the role of the United States in this regard is critical and the country should fulfill its obligations to ensure the security of Middle East countries.
Meanwhile, the news of Israel setting up an embassy in Saudi Arabia has hit the social media in Israel and the US, including in Twitter where some users have been using the hashtag “#IsraelToOpenEmbassyInRiyad” to react to it.