The UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed, announced his intention to visit Israel soon, noting that the UAE is satisfied with its growing relations with Israel.
Abdullah bin Zayed said in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid. It is not possible to talk about peace in the region in the absence of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.
Abdullah bin Zayed meets the foreign ministers of the United States of America and the State of Israel in Washington, DC. The two working groups “Religious Coexistence” and “Water and Energy” were announced between the three countries. pic.twitter.com/rcDiDoC6Gc
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Abdullah bin Zayed sings of normalization!
The UAE foreign minister stressed that the success of the Emirati-Israeli relations will encourage the Israelis and Palestinians to see. “This path is paying off.. This path is not only worth investing in, but also taking the risk.”
The UAE and Israel reached an agreement to normalize relations last year, which was followed by similar agreements with Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan.
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Regarding the conflict in Yemen, bin Zayed said that the UAE wants a solution, “but what is holding us back in this situation is the absence of will and commitment on the part of the Houthis.” In reference to the Iran-aligned movement that ousted the internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa, in 2014, and controls most of northern Yemen and major urban centers.
“We are all working hard…to ensure a better life for Yemenis, but at the same time we have to keep in mind that we don’t end up,” he said. It is a situation where there is another Hezbollah that threatens the borders of Saudi Arabia.”
New normalization agreements with Arab countries
In statements that sparked widespread controversy, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced, during a speech during the deliberations of the organizations’ general assembly. Judaism in North America said that Israel is “in the midst of operations to sign new agreements with countries that cannot be revealed,” referring to new Arab countries that may join the path of normalization and the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel.
Lapid added that these contacts are taking place with the help of “the United States and our friends in Bahrain, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. In which embassies have recently opened,” noting that “the Palestinian file is still on the agenda.”
The website of the Israeli public authority, Kan 11, said that Lapid also indicated that the current government would show interest in improving relations with the communities. Judaism, unlike the previous government, which gave priority to non-Jewish groups in America, in reference to the focus of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on strengthening relations with evangelical Christians in the United States.
Lapid had recently visited Bahrain, in the first official and public visit of an Israeli minister, where an Israeli embassy was opened. A flight line was launched between Israel and Bahrain.
During his visit, Lapid met Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, as well as his Bahraini counterpart Abdul Latif Al-Zayani.
The Israeli Interior Minister, Ayelet Shaked, announced from Dubai that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to exempt the citizens of the two countries. From the need for entry visas between the two countries, starting from the tenth of this month.
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