The UAE cabinet has approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.
According to foreign media Arab News, the UAE government announced the decision on Twitter on Sunday, January 24. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The UAE and Israel agreed to normalize relations in August 2020.
The delegations of the two countries have already signed bilateral agreements on investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, health, care, culture, environment, the establishment of mutual embassies, and other areas of mutual interest. Two months ago, the United Arab Emirates announced the issuance of tourist visas for Israeli citizens.
It should be noted that the UAE was the third Arab country after Egypt and Jordan to announce the normalization of relations with Israel. Bahrain and Sudan have since announced a resumption of ties with Israel.
The UAE announced an agreement on August 13, 2020, to establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel. On September 15, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Benjamin Netanyahu signed a US-brokered agreement at the White House.