The Emirates become the third Arab country to have an embassy on Israeli soil after Egypt and Jordan.
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A new step taken in normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. After the recent inauguration of an Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Gulf country opened its first embassy in Israel on Wednesday July 14 in Tel Aviv.
With the opening of this diplomatic mission, located in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building, the Emirates become the third Arab country to have an embassy on Israeli soil after Egypt and Jordan.
“The United Arab Emirates and Israel are two countries of innovation, we can use this creativity to work together for a more prosperous and stable future for our two countries and the region”, said at the inauguration the Emirati Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al-Khaja.
“This historic agreement must be extended to other countries seeking peace with Israel”, added Israeli President Isaac Herzog, present at the ceremony held in the lobby of the Stock Exchange, two floors under the offices of the embassy, according to an AFP team on the spot.
The Emirates and Israel had announced the normalization of their relations in the summer of 2020, under the impetus of the former American administration of Donald Trump. Bahrain, another Gulf monarchy, as well as Morocco and Sudan, have also announced normalization agreements with Israel in recent months.