Israeli and American officials traveled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to hold the first public meetings on civil affairs between the two Middle Eastern nations on Aug. 31.
The historic first flight took place as part of the implementation of the peace agreement signed between Israel and the UAE on Aug. 13, mediated by U.S. President Donald Trump.
“We are starting a historic process and we plan to promote the institution of full relations and opening embassies in the two countries as soon as possible to strengthen the cooperation between Israel and the UAE,” said Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Alon Ushpiz, according to The Jerusalem Post on Aug. 31.
Among the high-level entourage were Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat; United States National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien; White House Special Adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law; and other dignitaries.
The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry and the U.S. Department of State and U.S. representatives worked on the normalization agreement and other suitable bilateral agreements.
Working groups were also established to collaboratively develop areas such as science and space, civil aviation, foreign policy and diplomacy, tourism, finance, health, and others.
Ben-Shabbat and UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed also held a lengthy exchange.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the first contacts with the UAE government, and implied that he had already held talks with other countries in the region to join the peace agreement, but gave no details.
“There are many things I cannot tell you, but I am sure you will find out in time,” he said on the subject, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The United Arab Emirates is the third Arab country to establish full official relations with Israel, in addition to Egypt and Jordan.
Netanyahu thanked the UAE for welcoming the Israeli delegation and announced that he had invited a delegation from the UAE to Israel.
“We will give them the same red carpet [welcome] they gave us,” he said. He added, “I’ve asked the delegation to work as fast as possible to nail down the peace deal with the UAE,” according to The Times of Israel.