Israeli Prime Minister meets UAE Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi in historic go to


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at his personal palace in Abu Dhabi on Monday, based on Bennett’s workplace.

Their assembly, and a shared lunch, went on two hours longer than the unique time allotted. Bennett mentioned afterwards he loved “significant, in-depth and simple talks” about “the area, our financial system and expertise.”

The occasion marks a symbolic historic change within the relations between the 2 nations, 15 months after they signed a normalization settlement on the White Home.

Just some years in the past, Israelis weren’t even allowed to enter the UAE. Now the Prime Minister was welcomed with an official honor guard on the airport.

In accordance with WAM, the Emirates’ state-run information company, the 2 leaders mentioned areas of “bilateral cooperation,” resembling “agriculture, meals safety, renewable power, superior expertise, well being and different important sectors.”

Bennett had earlier highlighted rising commerce ties between his nation and the UAE in an interview with WAM.

However there was no point out within the company’s write-up of the interview of tensions with Iran.

The Israeli chief talked about cyber safety, well being, training and aviation as 4 areas the place the 2 nations have been having fun with fruitful commerce and funding, WAM wrote.

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In a video assertion from Abu Dhabi airport as he ready to go away the Emirates after lower than 24 hours on the bottom, Bennett mentioned he believed the connection between the 2 nations may “set an instance of how we will make peace within the Center East.”

And in an accompanying assertion launched by the Prime Minister’s Workplace, it was introduced that Crown Prince Bin Zayed had accepted an invite to go to Israel, although no date for any journey was talked about.

The 2 leaders spent about two and a half hours in a face-to-face assembly, the assertion mentioned, including that, “many of the go to handled constructing the connection and private acquaintance between the leaders, who spoke brazenly and emphasised their want to strengthen peace between the 2 nations and construct financial relations.”

Though neither chief talked about it by title, Iran is prime of thoughts for each nations, a shared safety concern.

Israel’s authorities sees Iran and its nuclear ambitions as an existential risk, and continues to declare that they’re able to take issues into their very own palms to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. They see the Emiratis as an vital strategic companion within the face of Iranian aggression.

For the Emiratis, the connection with their neighbor is extra nuanced. Final week, a UAE prime safety official paid a go to to Tehran, assembly with new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the primary such go to by an Emirati official in 5 years.

A spokesperson for Bennett declined to touch upon Israeli media stories that the Prime Minister offered the crown prince with proof of Iran deploying militias and UAV models, solely saying “they mentioned all kinds of points.”

Iran condemned Bennett’s go to, with the spokesman for the nation’s Overseas Ministry calling the journey “detrimental” throughout a press convention, based on IRNA, a state-run information outlet.

“These measures are detrimental to safety of the area and its prudence’s and pursuits,” Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned.

“Welcoming the prime minister of an illegitimate regime which has been the trigger, the origin and the agent of insecurity, stress and waging battle for over 70 years within the Arab and Islamic nations, will stay, recorded and registered within the reminiscence of Palestinian nation, individuals of the area and all freedom-lovers on this planet,” he added.

CNN’s Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran and Valentina DiDonato contributed to this report.

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