The United Arab Emirates wants its embassy in Tel Aviv to be opened "as soon as possible" and hopes Israel will reciprocate in Abu Dhabi, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has said, as rapprochement between the former foes continues. "The Middle Eastern countries need to understand that what we are doing is for the benefit of all the peoples of the region", said Netanyahu, who received the delegation.
Under the new visa exemption agreement, citizens of both the UAE and Israel will be allowed to enter the countries without having to apply for a visa first.
The meeting was to cement the recent normalization deals between Israel and the Gulf states of the UAE and Bahrain - forged largely over shared fears of Iran. "Inshallah more will follow and we will live in peace and cooperation with all our neighbors".
The delegation of United Arab Emirates was accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump's special assistant for global negotiations Avi Berkowitz.
Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, described Tuesday's UAE visit as "shameful".
OBAID HUMAID AL-TAYER: We are committed to support the legal framework for the movement of people and goods, and for fostering a continuous business-friendly environment between the UAE and the state of Israel.
Television channels in the Emirates and the Gulf broadcast the landing of the delegation and the signing ceremony live, using the feed provided by Israel's Government Press Office.
The flight arrived without passengers but later ferried an Israeli travel and tourism delegation to Abu Dhabi. "These ties create a tremendous foundation for economic growth, opportunity, innovation and prosperity".
The 3-billion-U.S. -dollar fund will funnel investments in projects that promote economic cooperation and prosperity in the region, Mnuchin said during the ceremony.
"The economic cooperation between our two countries will come to fruition after we sign the agreements", he added. The Emirati and Bahraini governments ratified their agreements with Israel on Monday, state media reported.
The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.