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Israel, UAE agree on visa-free travel for nationals: Netanyahu – News

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Earlier today, a United Arab Emirates delegation is on their first official visit to Israel on Tuesday.

The UAE and Israel has agreed for visa-free travel for their nationals, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday.

Earlier today, a United Arab Emirates delegation is on their first official visit to Israel on Tuesday after the two countries agreed to normalise ties last month.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who attended a business dinner with Emirati and Israeli officials in Abu Dhabi on Monday, accompanied the delegation on the Etihad Airways flight.

“This morning, UAE prepares to send its first official delegation to Israel,” tweeted Hend Al Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the foreign ministry.

She added that the UAE delegation was headed by the minister of state for financial affairs, Obaid Al Tayer, and Economy Minister Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari.

The UAE and Israel signed a US-brokered deal to normalise ties at the White House on September 15, marking the first such deal with a Gulf nation.

Bahrain followed suit in a ceremony on Sunday, following a similar US-brokered agreement.

The Israeli parliament ratified the UAE deal last week.

The two governments are to sign an agreement on Tuesday authorising 28 commercial flights a week between the countries, an Israeli transport ministry official said.

The UAE and Bahrain are only the third and fourth Arab states to normalise ties with Israel, following Israel’s 1979 peace deal with Egypt and a 1994 agreement with Jordan.

On Monday, the Emirati and Bahraini governments ratified the normalisation agreements with Israel, according to the two countries’ state news agencies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the UAE delegation at Ben Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv.

“Agreements will be signed on aviation, investment protection, visa exemptions… and science and technology,” it added.


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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