Dr Mike Evans

First UAE Foreign Minister visits Yad Vashem in Israel

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center.

Al Nahyan became the first foreign minister from his nation to make the visit, approximately two years after the signing of the Abraham Accords.

“I am here today to remind ourselves of the lessons that history teaches us and the great responsibility that has been placed on us to behave with tolerance for the sake of building our community and society. We must take a brave step to build a bridge of true peace for future generations,” said Al Nahyan.

The accords offered a major step in the bridge between the two nations, an achievement noted by then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“Today, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East. The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship,” Pompeo said. “And it is critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral part of the Middle East that is here to stay. Israel can and will be a valued strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it.”

Yad Vashem is the World Holocaust Remembrance Center and serves as a key destination for Holocaust education, documentation and research. The center state that from the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem’s integrated approach incorporates meaningful educational initiatives, groundbreaking research and inspirational exhibits.

The center has been a key stop for many national and world leaders. President Joe Biden visited Yad Vashem during his July visit to Israel, as did former President Donald Trump during his first trip to the nation while in office.