Israeli Prime Minister In UAE For The First Time

Israel’s Naftali Bennett arrived in the United Arab Emirates for the first official visit by a Prime Minister of the Jewish state, after they established diplomatic ties last year.

The trip announced by Mr. Bennett’s office comes amid Israel’s renewed diplomatic push against resumed international talks with its arch foe Iran over the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme.

Iran and world powers have resumed negotiations on the frayed 2015 nuclear deal that offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is civilian in nature.

Bennett will meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to discuss “deepening the ties between Israel and the UAE, especially economic and regional issues.”

The UAE last year became the third Arab nation to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.

Bahrain and Morocco then followed as part of a series of deals brokered by former U.S. President Donald Trump.

Sudan also agreed to normalise ties with Israel under the so-called Abraham Accords, but full relations have not yet materialised.