US brokering Tel Aviv’s normalization with Saudi Arabia, Indonesia: Israeli official

US brokering Tel Aviv’s normalization with Saudi Arabia, Indonesia: Israeli official

A high-ranking official at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs says Israel is working behind the scenes towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, more than a year after the regime reached similar US-brokered agreements with a number of Arab states.

The unnamed official said at a media briefing on Monday that the United States is acting as a mediator.

“The goal is to normalize relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia,” the Israeli official said.

“These are the two countries we want to reach an agreement with, but it is a slow process that takes a lot of time and effort. We hope for the best,” the official noted.

Last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the possibility of Indonesia normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel in meetings with officials in Jakarta.

Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the issue was raised during a meeting between Blinken…

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