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Netanyahu to visit UAE, Bahrain next week in first trip post-established ties


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

03rd Feb, 2021. 08:47 pm
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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly visit the UAE and Bahrain in the next week, that recently established ties with Israel.

According to the details, Netanyahu has planned to pay a three-hour visit next week to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and perhaps Bahrain.

Netanyahu said in remarks: “We postponed the visit … twice because of lockdowns.

“It has great security, national and international importance, but it has been shortened, at my request, from three days to three hours.”

The Israeli premier said he would travel to Abu Dhabi and would also “possibly make a lightning visit to Bahrain” during the brief trip.

He did not give a specific date, but Israeli media reports said he would make the trip on 9 February.

Earlier in September 2020, the UAE, along with Bahrain and Israel, signed a US-brokered agreement to normalize ties.

The agreements, known as the “Abraham Accords“, shattered a longstanding Arab consensus that there should be no normalization with Israel until it reaches a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.

Last week, the UAE announced that it had approved the establishment of its first embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv, and Israel also announced the opening of an embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Israel has also assigned its former ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Na’eh, as the country’s top diplomat to the Emirates.

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