UAE becomes first Gulf country to open embassy in Israel

UAE becomes first Gulf country to open embassy in Israel

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the primary Gulf nation to open an embassy in Israel, nearly a year after both countries signed an agreement to normalise diplomatic ties.

The new mission is found in Tel Aviv stock market building. The ceremony was attended by new Israeli President Isaac Herzog, the days of Israel reported.

UAE Ambassador Mohammad Mahmoud Al Khajah officially presented his credentials at the start of March but the official opening wasn't held so far .

"It may be a great honour to open the embassy here. Ten months ago our two countries signed the Abraham Accords with a vision of dignity, prosperity and peace for the 2 peoples", Khajah said at the ceremony Wednesday.

He added: "This is simply the start . Both countries are innovative nations and that we will harness these new approaches for the prosperity of the countries".

Herzog, who took office last week, hailed the embassy opening as an "important step for the whole Middle East".

Last month, Israel foreign minister Yair Lapid visited the UAE on the primary official trip by an Israeli minister to the Gulf state, where he inaugurated the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in Dubai.

The visit came nearly a year after Israel and therefore the UAE announced they might normalise ties, and after months during which planned visits by Israeli officials were stymied by a series of issues, starting from health crises to diplomatic scuffles.

Israel and therefore the UAE announced in August 2020 that they might normalise diplomatic relations, bringing over a decade of covert ties into the open. Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco later also joined the US-brokered Abraham Accords, and other countries were also rumoured to be in talks.

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