United Arab Emirates to establish embassy in Israel

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dpa/GNA – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has approved the establishment of an Emirati embassy in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, WAM news agency reported on Sunday.

The ratification was made during a cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s vice president and prime minister.

The UAE, along with Bahrain, signed an agreement with Israel in September to normalize ties, the first recognition of the Jewish state by Arab nations in a quarter of a century.

Sudan and Morocco followed the two Gulf states and signed similar deals with Israel.

Before the recent normalization agreements, Egypt and Jordan had been the only Arab countries with diplomatic ties with Israel.

While most Arab countries have vowed to never recognize Israel until a peace deal is struck with the Palestinians, the normalization agreements have shifted dynamics in the region.

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