Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday, making it the first to undertake a trip of this kind since the two countries normalized their diplomatic relations in 2020.
Lapid himself posted a photo on the plane before take-off through his social network account, along with a message highlighting that his visit to the United Arab Emirates is “historic” after the “Abraham Accords” in 2020 under the mediation of the then US President Donald Trump.
The spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Lior Haiat, stressed after the plane took off that the pace of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in recent months has been “unprecedented,” as the Israeli daily “Haaretz” reported.
“There have been years under the radar of Israel-UAE relations and now we are enjoying the fruits of the peace infrastructure we have built over the past few decades,” he argued, obviously related to the security-level relations between the two countries before establishing relationships.
Lapid is expected to officially inaugurate the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate in Dubai, which were agreed under the “Abraham Accord” when Benjamin Netanyahu was Prime Minister. Netanyahu himself has planned and postponed several trips to the United Arab Emirates, which is why Lapid has finally become the first high-ranking Israeli official to travel to the country.
Israel signed diplomatic relations agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020, the first of its kind since the 1994 peace accord with Jordan, making the United Arab Emirates the first country in the Persian Gulf to establish relations with Israel.
Lapid took up the post of foreign minister on June 13th under the government agreement that he was able to promote as prime minister in charge, according to which Naftali Bennett will initially take this position in a rotation agreement in which he himself later becomes prime minister.