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First-ever UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al Khaja presents his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem

The first-ever Ambassador to Israel from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrived Monday for a three-day visit during which he presented his letters of credentials to President Reuven Rivlin in an official ceremony in Jerusalem.

The Emirate Ambassador landed this morning at Ben Gurion Airport and was received by the head of the ceremony department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gil Hashakel.

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The new UAE Ambassador also met with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi “to discuss the growing bilateral relations since the signing of the Avraham Agreements, as well as the expansion of cooperation in many areas,” he said.

UAE Ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Ali Al Khaja and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi meet in the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem

During their conversation at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Ashkenazi told Al Khaja, “We have a historic opportunity to present a model of warm and comprehensive peace between countries and peoples. The opening of Foreign Ministry missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and the opening of the Emirates’ Embassy in Israel are critical to establishing bilateral relations and promoting peace.

“I am happy to see the rapid warming of relations between the countries, and the realization of the vision of peace between cultures and people. ”

At the end of the personal meeting between the Foreign Minister and the Ambassador, a first working meeting took place between the political staff of the Emirate of Embassy in Israel and the working teams at the Foreign Ministry, led by Foreign Minister Alon Ushpiz and Middle East Deputy Director Haim Regev.

The UAE delegation is expected to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.