Kuwait, Saudi Arabia deny increasing ties with Israel

Avigdor Liberman holds a press conference in the Knesset on June 10, 2013

Officials in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia categorically denied Tuesday claims by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman that Jerusalem was forging ties with governments in the Gulf states.

In an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth published Monday, Liberman claimed that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were but two of a number of Arab countries that were quietly in contact with Israel, despite the countries not having diplomatic ties.

However, both government dismissed the claim as false.

“These claims are baseless. There are no meetings, official or unofficial contacts, public or secret,” a Kuwaiti diplomat told the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

The foreign ministry source added that Kuwait would be “the last country to normalize relations with Israel.”

In Riyadh, a spokesman said “There are no ties or talks with Israel at any level,” according to Haaretz…