Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret trip to Saudi Arabia late Sunday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time, as well as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Among the topics of discussion was Iran, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The meeting lasted for a few hours before Netanyahu returned to Israel.
Israeli education minister Yoav Gallant, a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, called the meeting an "incredible achievement."
"Let us say that the very existence of the meeting, the fact that it was put out publicly ... [is] a matter of great importance from any aspect and matter," Gallant told Israel's Army Radio.
Sunday's was the first known meeting between Netanyahu and bin Salman.
Pompeo, who visited Saudi Arabia at the end of his seven-nation tour, has encouraged Saudi officials to normalize relations with Israel -- similar to steps taken this fall by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
The Saudi crown prince is said to support establishing a diplomatic channel with Israel, but Saudi reports say King Salman is opposed to the idea. Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has said he expects Saudi Arabia will follow the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan and establish Israeli ties.
"Trump expressed the importance of policies that promote workers and families. He also discussed the historic achievements made in the United States and around the world in empowering and investing in women, and called on all countries to do more," the White House said in a statement.