October 21, 2016

Israel to open diplomatic mission in UAE

Despite the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Israel is going to open first diplomatic mission of its country history in the UAE.

Israel’s foreign ministry says its office will be part of an international energy organisation based in Abu Dhabi.

Israel has opened trade and other offices in some Gulf states before, but there are no official ties.
The UAE, like most other Arab states, has not recognised Israel since the Arab-Israeli conflict began in 1948.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed a report in Haaretz newspaper and said the mission will be accredited to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), of which Israel is a member.

According to Haaretz, the foreign ministry’s director general Dore Gold visited Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to finalise the plans.

It is not known when the mission will open.
The UAE, a federation of seven emirates, has not commented on the reports.

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