UAE AI University, Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science Sign Cooperation Accord

The agreement is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher education institutes from the UAE and Israel, after the two countries said they would normalize ties a month ago

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Israeli and Emirati officials signing a protocol in banking and finance in Abu Dhabi, September 1, 2020.
Israeli and Emirati officials signing a protocol in banking and finance in Abu Dhabi, September 1, 2020.Credit: AFP
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The United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding "to work together across a range of fields," the UAE's WAM news agency reported on Sunday.

The accord is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher education institutes from the UAE and Israel, it added.

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"The aim is to advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress," it said.

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On September 15, U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a signing ceremony for the diplomatic agreement formalizing relations between Israel and the UAE.

Netanyahu and UAE's Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will lead the official delegations to the ceremony.

"I am proud to go to Washington next week, at the invitation of President Trump, and to attend the historic White House ceremony to establish the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates," Netanyahu said.

Hend Al Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the UAE's Foreign Ministry, confirmed in a tweet the minister's participation "in the signing ceremony for the peace accord with Israel. It will be a momentous occasion in the histories of our two countries & the region."

As part of the deal, announced at the White House on August 13 following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the Gulf state agreed to normalize relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.

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