Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to begin a landmark visit.
He was greeted by Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed at the President’s Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The arrival of the Israeli Prime Minister was also attended by Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel, and Amir Hayek, Israeli Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
The two nations formalized relations last year, paving the way for an Israeli prime minister’s first official trip to the United Arab Emirates.
The visit came after Mr Bennett received a letter of invitation in person on behalf of Sheikh Mohamed from Mohamed Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Israel, in October.
Mr. Al Khaja conveyed best wishes from the UAE leadership during this meeting.
“The steps towards peace will continue and relations will be strengthened for the benefit of our people and future generations,” said the envoy.
Al Khaja was named the United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel in February as part of an ongoing effort to build closer ties between the countries.
Since the UAE formally established ties with Israel through the signing of the Abrahamic Accords last September, much work has been done to build a flourishing friendship.
Earlier this year, the UAE cabinet approved the opening of an embassy in Tel Aviv.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry previously said it had opened an embassy in Abu Dhabi with the arrival of the country’s envoy, Eitan Naeh.
The two nations have strengthened their ties in a variety of sectors, from culture to trade.
In September, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, was appointed in recognition of his role in the consolidation of the Abraham chords.
The institute announced this on the anniversary of the historic agreements.
The institute praised Sheikh Mohamed’s “leadership in securing the groundbreaking peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and his commitment to expanding religious tolerance in his own country”.
Earlier this month, during a phone call from Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Sheikh Mohamed was congratulated on the success of the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Mr. Herzog wished the leadership of the UAE and its people further progress and prosperity and expressed his hope for further development of relations between the countries.
Sheikh Mohamed thanked Mr. Herzog for his warm remarks and urged the nations to continue to work together for the benefit of both and the entire region.