Israeli PM arrives in UAE for first visit

ABU DHABI: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in the UAE on Sunday for the start of a landmark visit.

According to the details, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation welcomed Naftali Bennett upon his arrival at the Presidential Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

In attendance as well during the Israeli premier’s arrival were Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja, UAE Ambassador to Israel, and Amir Hayek, Israel’s ambassador to the UAE.

Bennett’s visit comes after the UAE and Israel signed an agreement, known as the Abraham Accords, to normalize ties between the two countries in August 2020.

In March, the UAE established a $10 billion fund to invest in strategic sectors in Israel,  WAM reported on Thursday.

In February, Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Khaja was sworn in as UAE’s ambassador to Israel, a month after the cabinet approved the setting up of an embassy in Tel Aviv.

Israel opened its first embassy in the Gulf in June, nine months after the historic deal between the countries.

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