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Iran is the focus of the meeting between the Prime Minister of Israel and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

The Israeli ambassador to the UAE said that the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, will discuss the issue of Iran and bilateral issues, during a historic meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, today,

“I think it will not be a secret that this issue (Iran) will certainly be taken up,” added Amir Hayek, the Israeli ambassador to Abu Dhabi, in Bennett’s meeting with bin Zayed.

Hayek declined to go into any details regarding Iran. “The prime minister did not come here only to take up the Iranian issue,” he told Israel Army Radio in an interview.

And the newspaper “Israel Hayom”, quoting unnamed officials, said that Bennett bin Zayed is expected to share intelligence information regarding armed factions supported by Iran, and drones that it is supplying to it in the region

A common concern about Iranian activity was one of the reasons for establishing relations between Israel and the UAE last year, under a regional initiative led by the United States, known as the Ibrahim Accords.

As world powers try to revive the Iran nuclear deal, Abu Dhabi last week dispatched an envoy to Tehran. A US delegation is scheduled to arrive in the UAE this week to warn its banks of violating sanctions imposed on Iran.about:blank

Last month, Israel raised the possibility of establishing joint defenses with Gulf Arab states against Iran. Ambassador Hayek said that military sales to the UAE are being arranged, although Israeli sources in the industry say that Israel has not yet offered advanced air defense systems.

Hayek added: “Israel is cooperating with a new friend and a long-term partner, and the considerations will be defensive considerations and considerations related to how to work with a country that is very, very, very friendly to Israel.”

The volume of bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries has reached nearly $500 million so far in 2021, up from $125 million in 2020, and is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace.

Source: Reuters

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