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UAE Cabinet Approves Establishment of Embassy in Tel Aviv | Middle East News

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The move comes as Israel announces the opening of the embassy in Abu Dhabi months after the controversial normalization of relations between the countries.

The UAE cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, state media reported, as Israel announced the opening of its embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE controversially agreed to normalize relations with Israel in August, angering Palestinians who fear the move would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position calling for Israel’s withdrawal from the territories it illegally occupies and acceptance of the Palestinian state in exchange for normal ties with the Arabs. countries.

Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have all followed in the UAE’s footsteps and agreed to establish ties with Israel, under deals brokered by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

The Palestinians condemned the agreements as a “stab in the back.”

No further details were given about the UAE embassy in Israel. The Israeli government considers Jerusalem its capital, although this is not recognized by most of the international community.

Palestinian leaders want occupied East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

A statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi officially opened on Sunday with the arrival of the country’s envoy there, albeit in a temporary location until. that permanent premises be found.

Since the official establishment of relations in September, the two countries have already established direct flights and exchanged numerous trade delegations, while thousands of Israeli tourists have flown to the UAE.

The ministry also said Israel would soon open an interest section in Morocco and a consulate in Dubai. He added that an embassy in Bahrain had been operating for several weeks.


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