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Bennett to UAE
By Micah Halpern

Monday December 13, 2021
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On Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett travelled to the UAE. It is the first official visit of an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf nation. The invitation to Bennett was extended, in October, by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

Relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates came about as part of the Abraham Accords that were signed last year at the White House, under President Trump.

This high-level trip comes amid heightened regional tension as world powers try to renew a nuclear deal with Iran. Israel has broached the idea of setting up joint defenses with those Gulf Arab states that share its concern over Iranian activities.

But the UAE has recently begun to court Iran, sending a top official last Monday and recently hosting Iranian diplomats.

The office of the prime minister reported that Bennett thanked the crown prince and spoke with the ambassador about bolstering bilateral ties, increasing regional cooperation and strengthening the Abraham Accords.

"The stronger the ties between Israel and the UAE will be the better for regional security and stability," said Bennett.

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13 December 2021 11:14 PM in Thoughts

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