Tue, 03 Aug 2021

JERUSALEM, June 21 (Xinhua) -- New Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on June 29-30, which will be the first official visit by a senior Israeli official to the Gulf Arab country, Lapid's office said Monday.

During his trip, Lapid will inaugurate the Israeli embassy in UAE's capital Abu Dhabi and the consulate in Dubai, according to his office.

"The fruits of ties between Israel and the UAE will be enjoyed not only by the citizens of the two countries but also by the entire Middle East," it said.

Lapid, the centrist leader of the Yesh Atid party, was the driving force behind the forming of Israel's new cross-partisan coalition government.

Israel and the UAE signed a U.S.-brokered normalization agreement in September 2020.

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