A United Arab Emirates delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday to cement final month’s normalisation deal by signing agreements, together with a mutual visa waiver.
The UAE and Bahrain signed agreements to normalize ties with Israel on September 15 on the White House, a part of a US diplomatic push. The move drew criticism from Iran.
The delegation can be signing offers on cooperation in aviation, funding, science and know-how. It is accompanied by US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House adviser Avi Berkowitz. The UAE delegation is led by minister of state for monetary affairs Obaid Humaid Al Tayer.
The mutual visa-exemption settlement is Israel’s first with an Arab nation. It was signed throughout a ceremony attended by Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I think that the visit of such a high level delegation from the UAE… will show our peoples, the region and the entire world the benefit of having friendly, peaceful and normal exchanges”, Netanyahu mentioned.
The US officers had on Sunday joined an Israeli delegation to Bahrain for a signing ceremony to formalise ties.