Israel Opens Embassy In The United Arab Emirates


JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel announced Sunday that it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, a further step in forging full diplomatic ties with the Persian Gulf country following last year’s US-orchestrated agreement.

Israel’s foreign ministry indicated that the embassy would be located in a temporary office in which a permanent location is being prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as ambassador.

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Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the opening of the new embassy will expand ties between Israel and the UAE, which are already warm.

In turn, the Emirati cabinet approved on Sunday to establish an embassy in Tel Aviv, the state news agency WAM reported.

Since establishing formal diplomatic relations in September, both countries already have direct flights and have exchanged numerous commercial delegations. Thousands of Israeli tourists have visited the UAE.

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