Israeli and UAE leaders agree to meet soon after normalizing ties

2020-10-12 16:57:52
Israeli and UAE leaders agree to meet soon after normalizing ties

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE's de facto ruler, have agreed to meet soon after a phone conversation in which they discussed enhancing relations.

On Monday, Israel’s cabinet approved the September 15 normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates.

Netanyahu said later in a statement that he and al-Nahyan would meet “soon”, and that they had extended invitations to pay reciprocal visits.

Abu Dhabi's crown prince also confirmed in a tweet that he and Netanyahu had discussed boosting bilateral relations in a phone call.

Netanyahu signed normalization agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani during an official ceremony hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15.

The Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital, view the deals as a betrayal of their cause.

Earlier this month, a survey revealed that Arab populations continue to overwhelmingly oppose the recognition of Israel and the establishment of ties with it, despite the recent deals.

An Israeli report, which is based on a survey commissioned by Israel’s strategic affairs ministry, also found on Sunday that an overwhelming majority of Arab social media users are critical of normalization with Israel.

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