Today, Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett will pay her first official visit to the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Saeed Bennett is scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss strengthening ties between the two countries, particularly the economic aspect.
Several Israeli and Emirati companies have signed trade agreements in recent weeks.
This is the first visit of an Israeli Prime Minister to the United Arab Emirates since the announcement of normalization of relations between the two countries.
Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have taken similar steps toward Israel as part of a US-backed effort.
Bennett’s visit coincides with efforts to renew a nuclear deal with Iran, which raises concerns in Israel.
And last Monday, the UAE sent National Security Adviser Tahnun bin Sayeed to Tehran.
Bennett told an Israeli government meeting: “I’m going to the Emirates today, this is the first visit of an Israeli prime minister.”
Israel has postponed the visit of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who signed the default agreement known as the “Abraham Treaty”, and said it was due to restrictions imposed by the Corona virus outbreak and difficulties in arranging air travel over Jordan. .
The Israeli-Emirati normalization involves the implementation of trade agreements, including a special agreement to unload Gulf Oil at the Red Sea resort of Elat, an agreement opposed by environmental groups in Israel.
The two countries have signed agreements on visa-free travel and investment security, science and technology.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited the United Arab Emirates in June 2021 this year, and opened his country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi in the presence of the head of the Jewish community in the Emirates, Rabbi Levy Deshman.
According to Emirati Ambassador to Israel Mohammed Al Ghaza, he presented his credentials in March this year.
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