UAE to Set Up Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel Establishes its Mission in Abu Dhabi

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The decision was made during a cabinet meeting earlier in the day, chaired by the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The UAE and Israel normalised bilateral ties with the signing of Abraham Accord in September 15, 2020, in Washington.

DUBAI — The Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the establishment of an embassy in Israel’s Tel Aviv city.

In a tweet on Sunday, the UAE government said the decision was made during a cabinet meeting earlier in the day, chaired by the Kingdom’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, reports Xinhua news agency.

The UAE and Israel normalised bilateral ties with the signing of Abraham Accord in September 15, 2020, in Washington.

Since then, several delegations from the UAE and Israel have met to sign bilateral agreements on trade and investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.

Just hours after the Council of Ministers of the UAE approved the establishment of an embassy in Israel’s Tel Aviv city, Israel has announced that it has opened an embassy in the United Arab Emirates.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said: “The Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi officially opened today with the arrival of the Head of Mission Ambassador Eitan Naeh.

“The Israeli embassy in the United Arab Emirates will promote the full range of relations between the two countries in all areas and expand ties with the Emirati government, economic entities and the private sector, academia, the media and more.”

In a separate statement published on its website, the Ministry said that until a permanent location is found, the embassy will operate from temporary offices, which will be inaugurated in the coming days.

In the statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to lead the implementation of the peace and normalisation agreements in the Gulf and to advance Israel’s international status.

“The opening of the mission will enable the expansion of bilateral ties between Israel and the UAE, and the full and quick implementation of the potential inherent in our relations.”

Meanwhile, major UAE airlines, including Emirates and Etihad, are expected to start commercial flights to Tel Aviv in the first quarter of 2021.

An earlier aviation agreement was signed that will allow up to 112 weekly flights between the two countries.

UAE was the first Arab country to normalise relations with Israel. Morocco, Bahrain and Sudan followed suit. — IANS

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