Prime Minister Yair Lapid met on Thursday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem with United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“This is an historic visit of a regional leader that will advance the regional architecture we have been building this past year in the Middle East,” Lapid said in his remarks.
“Cooperation between our countries is progressing at an unbelievable pace… We have made huge strides this past year, but we have not even scratched the surface of the potential for cooperation in all fields— the economy, food security, energy, water, cyber, and of course, security,” he added.
Lapid also noted the cooperation is changing the future of the Middle East.
“My friend, together, we are changing the face of the Middle East. We are changing it from war to peace, from terrorism to economic cooperation, from a discourse of violence and extremism to a dialogue of tolerance and cultural curiosity,” he stated.
The prime minister and foreign minister also spoke about continuing the Negev Forum process and the desire to deepen ties between their nations. The two leaders also commended one another on the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords, and for the fact that trade between their two countries is expected to reach $2.5 billion by the end of the year.
Attending the meeting for Israel were Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, National Security Adviser Dr. Eyal Hulata, Prime Minister’s Office Director General Na’ama Schultz, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Alon Ushpiz, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Avi Gil and Israeli Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Amir Hayek.
Attending the meeting for the United Arab Emirates were Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth Minister; His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State; and Ambassador to the State of Israel His Excellency Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Abdulla Al Khaja.