Saudi foreign minister: Not aware of any discussions on Gulf-Israel defence alliance

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud speaks during a news conference, following an Arab summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 16, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia July 16 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Saturday he was not aware of any discussions on a Gulf-Israeli defence alliance and that the kingdom was not involved in such talks.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told reporters after a U.S.-Arab summit that Riyadh's decision to open its airspace to all air carriers had nothing to do with establishing diplomatic ties with Israel and was not a precursor to further steps.

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Reporting by Maha El Dahan and Aziz El Yaakoubi Writing by Ghaida Ghantous Editing by Mark Potter

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