Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday and meet the Gulf state’s de facto ruler in the highest-level visit since the countries formalised relations last year.
The trip comes amid heightened regional tension as world powers’ try to renew a nuclear deal with Iran.
Israel and some Gulf Arabs share concern over Iranian activities in the region.
“I will be going out today to the United Arab Emirates, in the first visit ever by an Israeli prime minister,” Bennett said.
The UAE along with Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco moved toward normal ties with Israel under a U.
S sponsored initiative dubbed the Abraham Accords in reference to the biblical patriarch revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.
According to Bennett office, “His trip on Sunday would be the first by an Israeli premier to any of those four countries.
“He will meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Monday.
The two leaders will discuss deepening ties, with an emphasis on economic issues that will contribute to prosperity, welfare and strengthens stability between the countries, the Israeli statement added.
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