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Israeli president to make first-ever state visit to UAE

By AFP - Jan 25,2022 - Last updated at Jan 25,2022

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel’s President Isaac Herzog will make a historic visit to the UAE at the end of the month, his office said on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile diplomatic trip since the countries normalised ties.

Herzog’s office said the president, who will travel with the first lady, will meet United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the January 30-31 trip.

“We have the privilege of making history by making the first visit of an Israeli president to the United Arab Emirates,” Herzog said in the statement, adding that the countries were “laying the foundations of a new shared future”.

Herzog is also scheduled to meet with the ruler of Dubai and senior government officials, and visit the Dubai Expo, his office said.

The visit comes some 16 months after the wealthy UAE broke with decades of Arab consensus and forged diplomatic ties with Israel.

The move was part of a series of US-brokered deals known as the Abraham Accords, pacts that have angered the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made history last month when he became the first Israeli head of government to visit UAE, in a trip that partly focused on international talks on Iran’s nuclear programme, a top Israeli security priority.

Herzog, whose position is largely ceremonial, will be the first Israeli head of state to officially visit the UAE.

 

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