Israel supports the UAE’s security needs, the president said at the first visit to Reuters


© Reuters. Israeli President Isaac Herzog and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan speak together as they walk through an airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 30, 2022. Amos Ben-Gershom / Government Press Office (GPO) ) /


DUBAI (Reuters) – The president of Israel said his country supports the security needs of the United Arab Emirates and seeks stronger regional ties during the first visit to the Gulf state on Sunday as world powers try to revive a nuclear deal with Iran.

The United Arab Emirates, along with Bahrain, signed standardization agreements between the United States and Israel, called the “Abraham Agreements,” in 2020. The two Gulf states and Israel share concerns about Iran and its allied forces in the region.

Isaac Herzog discussed security and bilateral relations with the UAE’s de facto ruler Abu Dhabi, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The United Arab Emirates has been attacked twice in the last fourteen days with drones and missiles by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group.

“We fully support your security demands and we condemn in every form and language any attack on your sovereignty by terrorist groups. We are here together to find ways and means to bring full security to people seeking peace in our region,” he said. Herzog during the meeting, in comments published by his office.

Sheikh Mohammed said Israel and the United Arab Emirates share a “common view on the threats to regional stability and peace, especially those posed by militias and terrorist forces”.

On the way to the United Arab Emirates, President Herzog’s plane flew over Saudi Arabia, which he said was “truly a very moving moment”. Riyadh and Israel do not have diplomatic ties, but Israel has said it would like to establish a relationship with the kingdom, which is home to Islam’s two holiest sites.

“The Abrahamic Treaty should be continued and more nations should join us in this endeavor,” Herzog told Sheikh Mohammed.

The presidency of Israel is largely a ceremonial post. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited the UAE in December.

President Herzog met with UAE foreign secretary other officials, the UAE state news agency WAM said. He will also meet Jewish communities in the UAE, which is the region’s trade and tourism hub.

Israel offered security and intelligence support to the UAE on January 18 against further drone strikes, according to a letter released Tuesday by Israel’s leader.

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