• Sun. Jul 3rd, 2022

Israel announced on Sunday that it has opened its embassy in the Emirates, after Israel, the Emirates and Bahrain signed the US-brokered Abrahamic Agreements in September 2020, the newspaper Israel Hayom writes.

The opening of the embassy marks another milestone in relations between Israel and the Arab world.

– The Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi has officially opened with the arrival of Head of Mission Eitan Naeh. The Israeli Embassy in the Emirates will promote relations between the countries at all levels, the Israeli Foreign Ministry wrote in an official statement.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassy will initially operate from a temporary location until they receive a permanent location. The State Department adds that the embassy will work to promote “expanding ties with the Emirate government, financial institutions and the private sector, universities, the media and more.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi stated that the opening of the embassy would “enable the expansion of bilateral relations between Israel and the Emirates for a rapid and maximum implementation of the potential of the ties between the countries.”

Ashkenazi also thanked the Emirates’ heir to the throne, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and my colleague and friend, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, for their leadership and hospitality to our representatives. “

The Emirates’ cabinet on Sunday approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv, according to the country’s state news agency WAM.

Ashkenazi welcomed the decision of the Emirates and said that it “will promote the warm ties between the countries and their people.”

Since the conclusion of the Abrahamic Agreements, the two countries have established direct air routes, exchanged several trade delegations, thousands of Israeli tourists have visited the Emirates and Emirati tourists have also started visiting Israel. Read more about the Abrahamic Agreements HERE.

The Emirates was the first of the four Arab countries to establish relations with Israel in 2020 through the Abrahamic Agreements. Israel also established relations with Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Israel would soon open an interest section in Morocco and a consulate in Dubai. It also said that an embassy in Bahrain has been in operation for several weeks.

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