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Naftali Bennett in UAE on a "lightning visit"

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Naftali Bennett in UAE on a "lightning visit"
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived Thursday in the United Arab Emirates for a short visit, to hold talks with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, shortly after the signing of a free trade agreement between the two countries.

 
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Bennett's visit is his second to the UAE since the normalization of relations between the two countries in 2020 under the auspices of the United States, and the first after Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed assumed the presidency following the death of his half-brother Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in mid-May.

 

The two men also met in Egypt in March.

 

There was no prior announcement of the visit, which Bennett's office described as a "lightning visit" that would address "various regional issues."

 

Bennett said, according to a statement issued by his office before leaving Israel, "Today, we will move together the special relationship that has been woven between our two countries to a higher level for the growth and security of our two peoples."

 

The UAE and Israel signed in Dubai last month a free trade agreement, the first of its kind, between Israel and an Arab country, according to which 96 percent of exchanged goods are exempted from customs duties, "immediately or gradually."

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