Naftali Bennett in the United Arab Emirates for the first visit by an Israeli prime minister

This visit is historic and marks a turning point in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Naftali Bennett arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday 12 December to “First visit by an Israeli Prime Ministerin this Gulf state, which normalized its relations with the Jewish state in 2020, his office said.

The prime minister mustMeeting tomorrow (Monday) with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi” from “Strengthening of relations between the two countries“, says a press release. “This is the first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to the United Arab Emirates.‘ it is displayed. The two heads of state should also discuss the “economic and regional issues that contribute to prosperity, prosperity and increased stabilitybetween Israel and the Emirates.

This visit comes as part of the negotiations to save the Iranian nuclear deal between Tehran and the major powers (United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom), which have resumed in Vienna. These talks were condemned by Israel, which asked Washington to end them and start themconcrete actionsagainst Iran.

The deal, which has offered Tehran the lifting of some of the sanctions choking its economy in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, which is under the strict scrutiny of the UN, has stalled since the unilateral withdrawal of the Pact of States in 2018 Washington reinstated sanctions and in response urged Tehran to back off most of its commitments. The Emirates, which share a hostility towards Iran with Israel, remain a key economic partner of the Islamic Republic.

Abraham Accords

On September 15, 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Gulf Arab states to publicly normalize relations with Israel, goaded by then-US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kuchner, the architect of the strategy. those”Abraham Accordshad also led to similar pacts with Morocco and Sudan.

At the end of June, the head of Israeli diplomacy, Yaïr Lapid, inaugurated the first Israeli embassy in the Gulf, in Abu Dhabi, as well as a consulate in Dubai in the Emirates during an unprecedented official visit, which was also attended by Emirati officials in Tel Aviv.

Last October, Naftali Bennett received the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Jerusalem. On that occasion, the Emirati diplomat conveyed to him the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to an official state visit to his country.

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