Thursday, July 01, 2021

Israeli foreign minister inaugurates UAE embassy

Pursuant to the Abraham Accords, Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid formally opened Israel's new UAE embassy. Bahrain's ambassaor arrived in Tel Aviv and Morocco unveiled its new building in the city.

Yair Lapid meets the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi

The Guardian reports:

Israel’s foreign minister has inaugurated the country’s new embassy in Abu Dhabi in the first official Israeli visit to the United Arab Emirates since the two countries normalised relations last year. 

 Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Yair Lapid appeared to reach out to other regional adversaries.

 “Israel wants peace with its neighbours – with all its neighbours. We aren’t going anywhere. The Middle East is our home … We call on all the countries of the region to recognise that, and to come talk to us,” he said, according to a transcript released by the Israeli foreign ministry. 

Bahrain's new ambassador to Israel is Khaled al-Jalahmah (Middle East Eye). See report.

Morocco's new liaison office in Tel Aviv (Photo: Zamane - with thanks Michelle)

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