New friends – UAE de facto ruler, Israel’s Bennett in “historic” meeting By Reuters

New friends - UAE de facto ruler, Israel's Bennett in
2/2 New friends - UAE de facto ruler, Israel's Bennett in © Reuters. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walks with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates December 12, 2021. WAM/Handout via REUTERS. 2/2

ABU DHABI (Reuters) -Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan hosted Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, on Monday in the first-ever public meeting between the United Arab Emirates’ de facto ruler and an Israeli leader.

Israel’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi, speaking ahead of the meeting, said the issue of Iran would “certainly come up”. The meeting follows the formalisation of Israel-UAE relations last year under a U.S.-led regional initiative.

While shared concern about Iranian activity was among reasons for the diplomatic moves, the UAE has also been trying to improve relations…

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