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UAE to Open Embassy in Israel on Wednesday as Historic Rapprochement Taking Place

The Israeli diplomatic mission has been operating in the United Arab Emirates since January, when the first Israeli diplomat arrived in the Emirati capital after a US-brokered normalization deal in September.

The UAE is set to open its embassy in Israel on Wednesday, with Israeli president Isaac Herzog to be present at the event, The Times of Israel reported on Sunday.

Israel already opened its embassy in the Emirati capital, and in late June, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Consulate General in Dubai. Lapid touted rapprochement as a “historic moment” and a time when “we chose peace over war.”

In September last year, long-term efforts of the Trump administration to enhance Israel’s position in the region and unite Gilf states against its “arch enemy” Iran resulted in the historic normalization deal, officially known as the Abraham Accords. By signing the agreements, the UAE and Bahrain agreed to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

Later, Morocco and Sudan followed suit and agreed to normalize ties with Israel.

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