Israel military chief met Saudi counterpart in Washington: report
Eisenkot met Saudi Arabia's Chief of Staff General Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwaili on the sidelines of the Counter–Violent Extremist Organizations conference, reported Israel's KAN public television.
A statement released by Israel's military had said that Eisenkot would meet with military officials from the US and other foreign commanders, but it did not specify which ones.
A photo released by the Israeli Department of Defense shows Eisenkot seated at the same table as the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Mohamed Farid, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Jordan Lt-Gen Mahmoud Abdul Halim Freihat, as well as the Chief of Staff of Bahrain, Lt-Gen Dhiab bin Saqr al-Nuaimi, Jerusalem Post reported.
While Israel has no diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia, the report adds further credence to suspicions of growing Saudi-Israeli relations, as they both share a common enemy in Iran.
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Last July, Eizenkot said that Israel and Saudi Arabia had a mutual interest in thwarting Iranian regional drives. In November, Saudi newspaper Elaph published an unprecedented interview with Eizenkot - the first Israeli military officer ever interviewed by Saudi media.
An unnamed Israeli security source made the remarks to Elaph. "Israel does not trust the reports on Khashoggi coming out of Turkey and has more trust in what Saudi Arabia is saying," the source was quoted as saying.