SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 17 September 2021, Friday |

Netanyahu to visit UAE Thursday: Israeli media reports

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay his first visit to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, 10 days before a closely contested election in Israel, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.

There was no immediate confirmation of the trip, which Netanyahu postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic, from the Israeli prime minister’s office or the UAE.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said Netanyahu would meet Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the visit.

It was not immediately clear if he would also travel to Bahrain, as he had planned to do during the previously scheduled trip to the Gulf in February.

Israel established formal relations with the UAE and Bahrain last September as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement. The three countries share common concerns about Iran.