UAE cabinet gives nod to establishing an embassy in Israel

UAE cabinet gives nod to establishing an embassy in Israel

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Dubai: According to official media, the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday.

The UAE and Israel agreed to normalize their relations in August, mainly due to the shared fear of Iran.

Israel signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan in 1979 and 1994 respectively. However, the UAE and most other Arab countries did not recognize Israel until last year, and there is no formal diplomatic or economic relationship with Israel.

A joint statement issued by the US, Israel and the Emirates said Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed had “agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates”.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” the statement said.

Since then, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have all agreed to establish ties with Israel in a deal facilitated by the administration of former US President Donald Trump in 2020.

The Israeli government regards Jerusalem as its capital, although most of the international community does not recognize it. The Palestinians call East Jerusalem the capital of the future Palestinian state. Most countries have embassies in Tel Aviv.

The UAE media did not provide more detailed information about the embassy.

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