UAE submits official request to open embassy in Tel Aviv

The United Arab Emirates officially requested to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, during its first-ever government delegation’s visit to Israel.

Members of the delegation gave Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi a letter from his UAE counterpart Abdullah Bin Zayed.

The Emirati Foreign Minister said he “appreciate[s] the efforts you are making to promote cooperation between our countries and I have full faith in your unreserved support for opening diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi as quickly as possible.

“Best wishes to both countries and both friendly nations for advancement and prosperity in the future,” Bin Zayed wrote in Arabic.

Among the agreements Israel and the UAE signed was one allowing for travel between the countries without a visa, the first agreement of its kind between Israel and an Arab state. The others agreements were on protecting investments, science and technological cooperation, and regular flights between the countries.

“We are making history in a way that will stand for generations,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “This meeting shows the region and the entire world the benefit of having friendly, peaceful, normal relations. Ultimately it will be so much better working together as friends.”

Touting the UAE’s economic advancement and the importance of the agreements signed with Israel, UAE Financial Affairs Minister Obaid Humaid Al Tayer said the Abraham Accords will “achieve prosperity and growth for our economies and our people.

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