UAE to open Israel embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday

UAE to open Israel embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday
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12 July, 2021
Israeli media revealed when the UAE embassy will open in Tel Aviv, less than a year after the two countries normalised relations.
Israel has already opened its embassy and consulate in the UAE [Getty Images]

Israeli media on Sunday revealed that the UAE's embassy will be opened in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, after the two countries normalised relations last year.

The inauguration will take place in the presence of Israeli President Isaac Herzog, according to the "Israel in the Gulf" official Twitter account, which added that the embassy opening will be "another important step in developing relations and cooperation between the two countries".

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Israeli embassy and consulate in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively late last month.

Dubbed the Abraham Accords, both the UAE and tiny island kingdom Bahrain signed a controversial US-brokered normalisation deal with Israel in September, officially establishing diplomatic and trade ties.

The deal was slammed by the Palestinians as a move that weakened a long-standing pan-Arab position that only an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Palestinian territories and the established of a Palestinian state will open doors for normal relations between Tel Aviv and Arab countries.