Bennett makes unannounced go to to Abu Dhabi to fulfill with UAE’s ruler

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew to Abu Dhabi Thursday morning to fulfill with United Arab Emirates President Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan.

The go to was saved beneath wraps till Bennett landed within the UAE capital.

The prime minister was met on the airport by UAE Overseas Minister Abdullah bin Zayed together with an honor guard. He was slated to then meet with MBZ in his palace for a personal speak, adopted by a bigger working assembly.

In line with an announcement put out by Bennett’s workplace, the 2 leaders had been set to talk about “regional points,” in all probability referring to the stalled Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Iran’s proxy forces, the Abraham Accords, and fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In an announcement earlier than boarding the aircraft, Bennett mentioned he would deliver a message of comfort on the loss of life of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed in Might on the age of 73. MBZ, Khalifa bin Zayed’s half-brother, has been the UAE’s efficient ruler for the reason that latter’s stroke in 2014.

President Isaac Herzog, accompanied by Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel and Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej, flew to Abu Dhabi in Might to supply Israel’s condolences to MBZ.

President Isaac Herzog meets his new UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to pay his condolences on the passing of the Gulf state’s late chief Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Might 15, 2022. (President’s Workplace)

Bennett referred to as MBZ a “man of imaginative and prescient, a courageous chief.”

“In the present day we’ll construct one other flooring within the particular connection taking form between two nations for the expansion and safety of two nations,” Bennett continued earlier than boarding the aircraft.

The prime minister additionally praised the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company for its censure of Iran on Wednesday.

That is the third assembly between the 2 leaders within the final six months.

In March, Bennett met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and MBZ within the Sinai resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to debate “world developments,” seemingly the Russia-Ukraine warfare.

The premier additionally met with MBZ in December, when he made the first-ever go to by an Israeli prime minister to the Gulf nation.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R), Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (C) and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meet in Sharm el-Sheikh, March 22, 2022 (Spokesman of the Egyptian Presidency)

Bennett’s June journey comes lower than two weeks after the 2 nations signed a complete, “groundbreaking” free commerce settlement in a bid to spice up financial ties, as commerce hit about $2.5 billion within the lower than two years for the reason that US-brokered Abraham Accords had been inked, in accordance with latest estimates.

The UAE and Israel signed a normalization settlement in 2020 as a part of the US-backed Abraham Accords. Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco additionally normalized ties with Israel within the framework of the accords.

Regardless of the constructive developments, there have been minor indicators of friction within the Israel-UAE relationship. A day after a report variety of Jews had been allowed to go to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day, the UAE international ministry referred to as on Israel to supply “full safety” on the website, and urged respect for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s casual function as custodian of Jerusalem’s holy websites.

The assertion additionally referred to as for an finish to “provocative violations” on the Temple Mount, and urged “most restraint” from Israel to keep away from additional instability.

As well as, plans to construct a everlasting sanctuary for Dubai’s fast-expanding Jewish congregation have sputtered to a standstill, Jewish leaders say. The brand new group is operating up in opposition to hurdles that spiritual teams lengthy have grappled with within the federation, the place the state’s official faith of Islam is intently monitored, non-Muslim apply is managed, and spiritual buildings are restricted.

AP contributed to this report. 

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