Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, has formally received the first-ever ambassador from the UAE (United Arab Emirates), following last year’s historic agreement between the countries to normalise ties. The agreement is Abraham Accords. The United Arab Emirates envoy Mohamed Al Khaja, who arrived in Israel, delivered his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony in Jerusalem. The Emirates was the first country to agree to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state under the Abraham Accords, a pact brokered by former USA President Donald Trump.

The Peace agreement made the Emirates only the third majority Arab country to form official ties with Israel, following Egypt in the yeat 1979 and Jordan in the year 1994. Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have subsequently joined the Abraham Accords. The Peace agreements broke with the longstanding Arab consensus that there should be no normalisation with Israel until it reaches a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.

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