Wednesday, 26 January, 2022

Israeli PM Bennett to make historic visit to UAE


Israel's Naftali Bennett heads to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, his office said, in the first official visit by a premier of the Jewish state since they established diplomatic ties last year.

Bennett on Monday meets Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to discuss "deepening the ties between Israel and the UAE, especially economic and regional issues," Bennett's office said.

"This is the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the UAE," it added in a statement.

The UAE last year became the third majority Arab nation to establish full diplomatic with Israel, after its neighbours Egypt and Jordan.

Bahrain and Morocco then followed as part of a series of deals brokered by former US president Donald Trump. Sudan also agreed to normalise ties with Israel under the pacts known as the Abraham Accords, but full relations have not yet materialised.

The Abraham Accords were negotiated by Bennett's predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the deals would offer Israel new regional allies against its arch foe Iran and bolster its diplomatic efforts to stop the Islamic republic from acquiring nuclear weapons.