Israel’s president formally obtained the primary ambassador of the United Arab Emirates on Monday, following final 12 months’s historic settlement between the nations to normalize ties.
United Arab Emirates envoy Mohamed Al Khaja, who arrived in Israel early Monday, handed over his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony in Jerusalem.
The UAE was the primary nation to agree to ascertain full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state below the Abraham Accords, a pact brokered by former US President Donald Trump.
The settlement made the United Arab Emirates the third-largest Arab nation to kind official ties with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
Subsequently, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have acceded to the Abrahamic Accords.
The accords broke with the long-standing Arab consensus that there must be no normalization with Israel till a complete peace settlement is reached with the Palestinians.
Early Monday, Khaja met Overseas Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem, who wished him “success” in his “historic mission.”
Noting the historic nature of his appointment, Khaja stated he was “very proud and honored to be the primary Emirati ambassador to the State of Israel.”
“My mission right here is to foster and develop this relationship,” he added.
“We hope this brings peace and prosperity to the individuals of the Center East.”
Israel opened its embassy within the United Arab Emirates in January, with veteran diplomat Eitan Naeh main the Abu Dhabi mission.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have already signed treaties on direct flights and visa-free journey, together with agreements on funding safety, science and know-how.
On Tuesday, Khaja was scheduled to go to Yad Vashem, Israel’s nationwide Holocaust memorial and academic middle.