February 3, 2023

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The Israeli Prime Minister is expected to pay an unprecedented visit to the United Arab Emirates

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Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, making it possible to normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the Gulf state by 2020.

The visit is historically significant: Naphtali Bennett Expected on Sunday 12th December United Arab Emirates For the “first visit of the Prime Minister of Israel” to this Gulf country, It normalized its relations with the Hebrew state by 2020, The Office of the Head of Government pointed out.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to meet tomorrow (Monday) on “The Prime Minister Flies Today (Sunday)” and “Strengthening Bilateral Relations”. Mentioned in a press release.

The two leaders are set to discuss “economic and regional issues that contribute to wealth, prosperity and enhanced stability” between Israel and the Emirates.

The visit comes as talks to secure the agreement Iranian nuclear power Re-launched in Vienna between Tehran and major powers (US, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom). Israel has rejected the talks, calling for an end to Washington and “decisive action” against Iran.

The agreement to lift part of Tehran’s sanctions in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, which has been placed under strict UN control, has been dead since the US unilaterally withdrew its speech in 2018. Washington has re-established sanctions, forcing Tehran to distance itself from most of its obligations.

Emirates, which shares hostility with Israel and Iran, is an important economic partner of the Islamic Republic.

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In early December, Emirati National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnun bin Saeed visited Tehran, the senior Emirati official’s first visit since Riyadh was hanged in 2016 following the breakdown in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Influential Shia religious opponent. Following this, the Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Several agreements have already been signed

On September 15, 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Gulf Arab states to publicly normalize their relations with Israel, inspired by then-US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kuchner.

These “Abrahamic treaties” resulted in similar agreements With Morocco And Sudan. Signed by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and endorsed by the current Israeli ruling coalition, and later in opposition, they were denounced as treason by Palestinians, a solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a condition for normalizing relations. Arab countries and the Hebrew government.

In late June, Israeli diplomat Yair Lapid opened the first Israeli embassy in the Gulf, and an embassy in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the Emirates. During an unprecedented official visitEmirati officials in Tel Aviv have done the same.

Since its inception, Emirates has embarked on diversifying its economy over the decades, relying on less oil and signing a series of agreements with Israel, ranging from tourism to aviation to financial services.

With AFP