Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed meeting in Dubai (File Photo/AFP)

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced, on Monday, that Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, accepted Bennett’s invitation to visit Israel.

The office of the Israeli Prime Minister said that at the conclusion of a meeting on Monday in Abu Dhabi, bin Zayed announced his acceptance of Bennett’s invitation to visit Israel, according to what was reported by the official “Kan” channel.

The statement added: “Accordingly, the (Israeli) Prime Minister instructed his men to start work on the visit to the UAE side.”

The statement issued by Bennett’s office did not specify the date of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s visit to Israel, and there was no comment from the UAE side until 20:30 GMT.

The statement added that the bulk of the visit focused on “the personal acquaintance between the two leaders (Bennett and Bin Zayed), who spoke frankly and stressed their desire to promote peace between the two countries and build economic relations.”

In a related context, the UAE and Israel affirmed their “joint desire to support many important areas of cooperation to enhance trade and economic relations through the establishment of a joint fund for research and development,” according to a joint statement published by the official Emirates News Agency (WAM).

According to the same source, this fund will “in addition to the joint business council emanating from it…to harness the leading economic and technological minds in the UAE and the State of Israel, and find solutions to challenges such as climate change and desertification, in addition to clean energy and future agriculture.”

On Monday evening, Bennett ended an official visit to the UAE, at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

On Sunday evening, Bennett arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport and was received by the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah bin Zayed.

On September 14, 2020, Israel and the UAE signed an agreement to normalize relations between them, under the auspices of former US President Donald Trump.

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