Israeli PM, first UAE ambassador meet for first time, discuss projects

TOPSHOT – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:00 PM PT – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel met for the first time. Netanyahu and Mohamed Al Khaja met in Jerusalem on Tuesday, one day after the envoy arrived in the country to begin his new role.

Their meeting came after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations under agreements brokered by the Trump administration. The pair reportedly had a warm meeting, with the two discussing a range of bilateral and regional projects.

“We are making history, and making history requires wisdom, courage and confidence,” Al Khaja stated.

Netanyahu added, “and I would say competence too. Competence is also important, but we have all that in abundance so you’re going to have your hands full and we’re going to make sure you do.”

Since August, the U.S. has helped restore diplomatic ties between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

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