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UAE’s first ambassador to Israel meets with Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi

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Simply extraordinary and miraculous. President Trump made what the “experts” called impossible into a reality with the iconic Abraham Accords. If Saudi Arabia is smart, it will follow the UAE’s lead, as some very turbulent times are coming to the Middle East.

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UAE’s 1st ambassador meets with FM Ashkenazi during visit to Israel

Mohammad Mahmoud Al Khajah expected to present credentials to Rivlin and meet Netanyahu; will look for home and site for embassy

The United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel, Mohammad Mahmoud Al Khajah, met Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Monday, who welcomed him to the Jewish state.

Mohammad Mahmoud Al Khajah will spend several days in the country, during which time he will reportedly meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials, as well as scout out suitable locations for the embassy and his home.

“We have a historic opportunity to present a model of a warm and comprehensive peace between countries and nations. The opening of Foreign Ministry missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the opening of the Emirates’ Embassy in Israel are critical to establishing bilateral relations and promoting peace,” said Ashkenazi at the meeting in Jerusalem.

“I am happy to see the rapid warming of relations between the countries, and the realization of the vision of peace between cultures and peoples,” he added.

Al Khajah, who came with a small team of staffers, was scheduled to present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in an official ceremony at the President’s House.

He tweeted that he had arrived in Tel Aviv and met with Ashkenazi to discuss “growing bilateral relations”, as well as enhancing cooperation in various fields.

The ambassador arrived in a private jet and, in keeping with Israel’s Health Ministry policy, immediately underwent a coronavirus test, Hebrew-language media reported.

On Tuesday he will reportedly meet with Netanyahu.

Israel and the UAE normalized ties last September with the signing of the so-called Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, in a deal brokered by then-US president Donald Trump’s administration. Bahrain also joined the accords, establishing ties with Israel.

Earlier this month, Al Khajah was sworn in by UAE Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Al Khaja, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

 

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