The United Arab Emirates (UAE) made an important move with the opening of its embassy in Israel. The ceremony took place on Wednesday in the presence of Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
Mohamed al-Khaja, UAE ambassador to Israel, accompanied the Israeli president during the cutting of opening tape during the inauguration ceremony.
“This embassy will not only be a residence for diplomats but a basis for our mission to build relations between us and strengthen partnership and dialogue,» the Arab diplomat stressed in a speech.
In his turn, Herzog said that seeing the UAE flag in Tel Aviv was a distant dream just a year ago and now it looks normal.
“We made the impossible possible,» Israeli official added.
According to Herzog, the opening of the UAE embassy becomes an important step for the entire region. In the foreseeable future, the Israeli-Emirati relations will be definitely improved.
Last month, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated his country’s embassy and consulate in the UAE.
In September 2020, the UAE and Israel signed a US-sponsored deal to normalize their relations. Since then, the two countries have signed dozens of bilateral agreements in various fields, including investment, banking services, and tourism.