UAE cabinet approves opening of embassy in Tel Aviv


January 24, 2021


File – An Israeli and a UAE model pose in Dubai in September | Photo: Christopher Pike/Reuters


By Reuters Staff


DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates cabinet on Sunday approved the establishment of an embassy in the city of Tel Aviv in Israel, state media said.

The UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations in August, a deal forged largely over shared fears of Iran.

Since then Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have all agreed to establish ties with Israel in deals brokered in 2020 by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

No further details about the embassy were given in UAE media.

Israel’s government regards Jerusalem as its capital, although that is not recognized by most of the international community. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

(Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Nick Macfie)

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