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Israel President high-profile diplomatic trip to UAE.

Isaac Herzog travelling with the first lady and symbolizes visit the promise of peace between nations.


United Arab Emirates warm welcome’s the arrival of Israel’s President Isaac Herzog on Sunday, in the latest high-profile diplomatic trip since the countries normalized its ties. 

Herzog is travelling with the first lady, is scheduled to meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, his office said. 

“Flying now with my wife Michal for a historic visit in the UAE, symbolizes above all the promise of peace between nations,” he tweeted before departing to Abu Dhabi. 

Herzog will also sit down with the UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and visit the Expo 2020 Dubai, his office added.

The visit scheduled after 16 months after the wealthy Gulf country forged diplomatic ties with Israel, becoming the third Arab nation after Egypt and Jordan.

The Emirati ambassador in Israel, Mohamed Al Khaja, tweeted Saturday that the trip was previously scheduled for January 9 but “was postponed due to Covid-19 conditions”.

“We look forward to this historic visit, which will enhance the bilateral relations as we aim to sign important economic and trade agreements between the two countries in the near future,” he added.


The UAE-Israel normalization deal was part of a series of US-brokered agreements known as the Abraham Accords, pacts that have annoyed the Palestinians.  

The deals broke with decades of Arab League consensus against recognizing Israel until it signs a peace agreement establishing a Palestinian state with a capital in east Jerusalem. 

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made history last month when he became the first Israeli head of government to visit UAE, in a trip that partly focused on international talks on Iran’s nuclear program, a top Israeli security priority. 

Herzog, whose position is largely ceremonial, is the first Israeli head of state to officially visit the UAE.

The Abraham Accords were negotiated under former US president Donald Trump but endorsed by President Joe Biden’s administration. 

Bahrain and Morocco have also normalized ties with Israel under the accords.

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