A dispute between a Saudi prince and Salman al-Awda’s son after the decision to open the kingdom’s airspace to tankers “without discrimination”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Twitter witnessed an argument between Saudi Prince Abdul Rahman bin Musaed and the son of the preacher, Salman Al-Awda, Abdullah Al-Awda, Friday, after the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to allow civilian air carriers to cross its airspace without discrimination, allowing Israeli flights Fly over the skies of the kingdom.

Al-Awda re-published an old tweet by Prince Abdul Rahman bin Musaed, in which he said: “This is in addition to the fact that no (Israeli) planes passed over my head”, during the Gulf crisis that witnessed a four-way boycott of Qatar.

The son of the imprisoned Saudi preacher commented on the Saudi prince’s tweet by saying: “Confirm your words, brother Abdul Rahman? You look like you forgot the 1944 Chicago Agreement,” he said.

Prince Abdul Rahman bin Musaed responded to Al-Awda’s tweet by saying: “It is normal, Abdullah. Politics changes, and convictions in it may change over time, and people also change. You may find someone who was the son-in-law of an extremist thought turns into a defender of gay rights, and you may find someone who was a tire thief. For years, he has turned into a dissident abroad, and the last thief is lecturing about hand purity,” he said.

And the Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority issued a statement Thursday evening, saying: “Within the framework of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s keenness to fulfill its obligations under the 1944 Chicago Convention, which requires non-discrimination between civil aircraft used in international air navigation, and to complement the efforts aimed at consolidating the Kingdom’s position as a platform In order to enhance international air connectivity, the General Authority of Civil Aviation announces that it has been decided to open the Kingdom’s airspace to all air carriers that meet the authority’s requirements to cross the airspace,” she said.

This decision coincided with US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Saudi Arabia as part of his first tour in the Middle East, since he became president of the United States of America.