Israel’s PM meets crown prince on historic UAE visit

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A handout picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) shows Abu Dhabi´s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (R) meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett following his arrival in the Emirati capital, on December 12, 2021. — AFP
A handout image launched by the Israeli Authorities Press Workplace (GPO) exhibits Abu Dhabi´s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (R) assembly with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett following his arrival within the Emirati capital, on December 12, 2021. — AFP

ABU DHABI: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Abu Dhabi’s crown prince on Monday after changing into the primary chief of the Jewish state to go to the United Arab Emirates, a yr after the institution of ties.

Bennett met Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at his personal palace, Israeli officers stated, following the premier’s arrival within the Emirati capital late on Sunday.

His go to comes simply over a yr after the rich Gulf state broke with many years of Arab consensus and cast diplomatic ties below a collection of US-brokered offers referred to as the Abraham Accords.

Israel can be making a diplomatic push towards renewed worldwide talks with Iran, its arch-foe, over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

Bennett, who was anticipated to concentrate on commerce hyperlinks, in accordance with his spokesperson, stated his go to mirrored a “new actuality” for the area.

“For my part, that is… the brand new actuality this area is witnessing, and we’re working collectively to make sure a greater future for our youngsters,” he informed the UAE’s official WAM information company.

The quantity of mutual commerce had grown inside a number of months, “with limitless future alternatives to develop it,” he added.

“Israel, just like the UAE, is a regional hub for commerce. Our cooperation supplies unprecedented financial alternatives not just for us, however for extra international locations.”

Bennett was additionally scheduled to fulfill the UAE’s expertise and transport ministers throughout his go to, Israeli officers stated.

Whereas he’s the primary Israeli prime minister to go to the UAE, Overseas Minister Yair Lapid made a landmark journey in June, opening an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in Dubai.

The UAE opened an embassy in Tel Aviv in July.