UAE Cabinet Ratifies Normalization Deal With Israel

A UAE delegation is expected to land in Israel Tuesday to continue work on implementing the Abraham Accords, which were signed at the White House last month and endorsed by Israel's government last week

Reuters
Noa Landau
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords signing in the U.S., September 15, 2020.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords signing in the U.S., September 15, 2020. Credit: Tom Brenner / Reuters
Reuters
Noa Landau

The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates on Monday approved an agreement to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel that was signed in Washington last month, ahead of a visit by a UAE delegation to Israel.

The UAE and fellow Gulf state Bahrain in September became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to sign agreements to establish formal ties with Israel, forming a new axis in the Middle East against Iran.

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A cabinet statement said the Abraham Accord would be "an avenue of peace and stability to support the ambitions of the region's people, and enhance efforts for prosperity and advancement, especially as it paves the way for deepening economic, culture and knowledge ties."

Israel ratified the deal in a cabinet vote and a parliamentary vote last week.

A UAE delegation is expected to visit Israel on Tuesday, accompanied by a U.S. delegation that arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday from Bahrain, where they had joined an Israeli delegation on a trip to Manama to sign a communique formalizing nascent ties. The U.S. delegation is led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House envoy to the peace process Avi Berkowitz.

Israel and the UAE have already signed several memoranda of understanding. They will ink a deal on Tuesday to allow 28 weekly commercial flights between Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Israel's Transportation Ministry has said.

A delegation from the UAE is scheduled to arrive in Israel Tuesday to continue work on implementing the peace treaty between the countries, most importantly the mutual opening of embassies.

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