The first of its kind .. the Israeli president heads to the UAE at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

This morning, Israeli President Isaac Herzog left for the UAE, on an official visit, the first of its kind, in an effort to strengthen relations with the Gulf states.

Herzog said – in a tweet on Twitter – “We are so excited that we are making history this morning. I am now traveling with my wife Michal on a historic visit to the UAE. This visit brings good news of peace between peoples and for the whole of the Middle East.”

The visit, which will last for two days, comes in response to an official invitation addressed to him by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

The presidency in Israel is a largely ceremonial position. Herzog’s visit to the UAE follows that of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last December.

Israeli sources said that Herzog will discuss with Emirati officials ways to enhance the implementation of the Abraham Accords, as well as to strengthen cooperation in the field of protecting security and stability.

A few days ago, the Israeli ambassador to the UAE, Amir Hayek, described the Israeli president’s visit to Abu Dhabi as a “historic visit.”

Hayek added – in an interview with Israeli Army Radio – that the visit gains its importance from being a direct continuation of the long-term strategic relations that Israel is building with the UAE.

On September 14, 2020, Israel and the UAE signed an agreement to normalize relations, under the auspices of former US President Donald Trump, amid widespread Palestinian rejection.

The normalization of relations between the two sides has allowed for many commercial deals, including the contract for the unloading of oil in the Red Sea resort of Eilat, which is met with great opposition within Israel for its environmental damage.

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