The United Arab Emirates opened an embassy in the Zionist entity Wednesday, housed in Tel Aviv’s new stock exchange building, in the latest normalization move under a deal brokered by Washington last year.
At the ceremony, attended by new Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Emirati ambassador Mohamed al-Khaja called the embassy opening “an important milestone in the growing relationship between our two countries”.
“The UAE and Israel are both innovative nations, we can harness this creativity to work towards a more prosperous and sustainable future for our countries and our region,” he said.
Herzog called for the “historic agreement” with the UAE to be “extended to other nations seeking peace with Israel.”
Israel and the UAE have signed a raft of deals — ranging from tourism to aviation to financial services — since normalizing ties as part of the so-called Abraham Accords brokered by former US president Donald Trump’s administration.
Wednesday’s ceremony came after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made a visit to the UAE last month, opening an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate in Dubai.
Following the UAE deal, the Zionist entity normalized relations with Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, accords that also sparked Palestinian protests.