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Israeli embassy in UAE, envoys likely to be discussed today: Official – News

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Other Arab nations following UAE’s lead will result in stability and peace across the region.

The setting up of an Israel embassy in Abu Dhabi and each having diplomatic representatives in the other country will be among the issues discussed between the UAE and the US-led Israeli delegation that will arrive in the UAE on Monday, Lior Hayat, the spokesperson for the Israeli foreign ministry, told Khaleej Times.

The delegation led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon in the first commercial flight between the two countries. The visit follows the normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE announced on August 13.

In an exclusive interview ahead of the historic visit, Hayat said the El Al flight 971 is carrying 50 delegates mainly from the Israeli side. The delegation includes US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Meir Ben-Shabbat, National Security Adviser and head of the Israeli National Security Council.

“To create a conversation and dialogue are the priorities for both sides. So, opening of embassies and providing consular services for people wanting to visit from both sides will be discussed in today’s meeting. It will allow us to further emphasis on the relations and peace between the two countries,” said Lior.

According to him, establishing a strong and stable relations with the UAE is crucial as “stronger the relations between Israel and the UAE, higher the possibilities of other Arab countries will want to establish peace with Israel”.

“We are in talks with many Arab countries but many prefer to remain under the radar. But they will look at what the leadership of the UAE is doing and the reaction and will understand that normalising relations with Israel is a positive thing,” said Lior, who is in Abu Dhabi.

Lior said every Arab nation that follows the UAE’s lead will ultimately bring in stability and peace to their country and thus “we can create a region of peace. That is our ultimate aim”.

When asked about the opening of commercial air travel between the two countries, the Israeli spokesperson, said: “We will have a date soon. We really hope that direct flights will be achieved soon after the signing of signing of the historic agreement in Washington in a few weeks.”

He said there is a lot of interest among Israelis to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and opening up of air travel will turn the region into a gateway to both Asia and Europe.

Lior said the delegation, comprising seven groups with representatives from both Israel and the UAE, will discuss diplomatic relations and foreign policy, investment, finance, health, civil space and aviation, tourism, and culture, and look at ways to promote joint action and opportunities for cooperation.


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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