The United Arab Emirates inaugurates the Israeli embassy after a standardization agreement Politics news


The UAE opened its embassy in Israel in the new Tel Aviv stock exchange building in the latest normalization move.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has opened its embassy in Israel, less than a year after the two countries announced they would establish formal diplomatic relations.

The embassy is located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building and opened on Wednesday after the inauguration of the Israeli embassy in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Headquarters in the heart of the Israeli financial district highlighted the central role economic cooperation has played since the United Arab Emirates became the third largest Arab country to recognize Israel.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog, left, and UAE ambassador to Israel Mohamed al-Khaja shake hands at new UAE embassy in Tel Aviv [Jack Guez/AFP]

At the ceremony, in the presence of the new Israeli President Isaac Herzog, the Emirate Ambassador, Mohamed al-Khaja, described the opening of the embassy as “an important milestone in the growing relationship between our two countries.”

“The UAE and Israel are innovative nations, we can harness that creativity to work towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for our countries and our region,” he said.

Herzog called for the extension of the “historic agreement” with the United Arab Emirates to “other nations seeking peace with Israel.”

Breaking with the Arab consensus

The UAE normalized relations with Israel last year under the “Abraham Accords” drafted by the administration of then-US President Donald Trump.

The Palestinians were outraged by the measure that broke with decades of Arab consensus that there should be no normalization of ties without a global and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Following the agreement with the United Arab Emirates, Israel normalized relations with Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, also provoking Palestinian protests.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have tried to emphasize the economic dividend offered by normalization.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid told the Emirati media last month that bilateral trade had reached $ 675.22 million since the signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020.

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