Israeli Embassy in UAE official opens, UAE agrees to open embassy in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV / ABU DHABI — Israeli media announced the United Arab Emirates’s approval of the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv, coinciding with the announcement of the Israeli Foreign Ministry of the official opening of the Israeli Embassy in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

The Israeli website Walla reported on Sunday that the UAE has agreed to establish an embassy in Tel Aviv, the culmination of the peace agreement signed between them.

Walla also reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit the UAE between 9 and 11 February, the first such visit since the signing of the normalization agreement. During the visit, Netanyahu is expected to meet with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The UAE’s approval coincided with an announcement by the Israeli Foreign Ministry that an embassy would be officially opened in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi and the arrival of the Charge d’Affaires of the Israeli Embassy, Eitan Na’eh.

According to the Ministry’s statement, the Israeli Embassy in the UAE will work to strengthen relations between the two countries at all levels and expand relations with the UAE government, economic bodies, private sector organizations, and others. The Ministry also noted that a liaison office in Rabat and the Consulate General of Israel are expected to open in Dubai in the coming days.