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Riyadh denies Israel overflight report

The Saudi government has denied a report in the Sunday Times that it has given Israel overflight rights to strike Iran.

This press release was sent on behalf of the Saudi Embassy by Qorvis Communications to congressional hands last night:

Below please find a statement issued by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

CONTACT:
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Information Office
Washington,DC                                                                     

SAUDI ARABIA DENIES REPORTS REGARDING ISRAELI USE OF ITS AIRSPACE

WASHINGTON, [July 6, 2009] - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:

"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, firm and clear 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."

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