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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to visit UAE, first foreign trip since taking office

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As one of the architects of the Abraham Accords, Netanyahu never had the opportunity to visit the Gulf states

Israel’s new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will travel to the United Arab Emirates later this month in what will be his first foreign trip during his recent tenure as head of the Israeli government. i24 News Learned.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated Netanyahu on Saturday on his sixth term as prime minister of the country. Israel’s 37th government began transferring power from ministerial positions on Sunday.

During Netanyahu’s previous term, he participated in the September 2020 White House signing of the US-brokered Abraham Accords, which normalized Israel’s relations with the UAE and Bahrain. Morocco and Sudan later joined the agreement. Relations between the governments of Israel and the UAE have flourished since the agreements were struck, including a free trade agreement signed earlier this year.

Despite his role in the Abraham Accords, Netanyahu has not visited Gulf states while in office. After formalizing the relationship, his immediate successor, Naftali Bennett, instead made the first official visit to the UAE by the Prime Minister of Israel. That trip takes place in December 2021.

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