Mohamed Bin Zayed, President of Israel review prospects of cooperation, regional developments


Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Isaac Herzog attend the guard of honour at the Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, on Sunday deliberated aspects of cooperation under the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, signed by the two nations in 2020, in addition to a number of regional and international issues of interest.

This came during a session of talks held by Sheikh Mohamed and the President of Israel at Qasr Al Watan Palace in Abu Dhabi.

At the beginning of the meeting, His Highness welcomed Herzog and expressed his hope that this visit would contribute to advancing the relations between the two countries to a higher level for the higher good of their peoples and those of the region.

MBZ-Herzog Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Isaac Herzog hold talks in Abu Dhabi.

The two sides also reviewed the prospects of growing cooperation at all levels, especially in the economic, trade, investment, development, technology, health, and other fields.

The meeting also dealt with a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, especially the efforts made to achieve peace, stability and development in the Middle East for the common good and prosperity of its peoples.

Earlier, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed received Isaac Herzog, who is on an official visit to UAE, accompanied by his wife, First lady of Israel Michal Herzog.

An official reception was held for Herzog on his arrival at the Qasr Al Watan, where Sheikh Mohamed escorted him to the podium, and the national anthems of the two countries were played, while 21 rounds of artillery were fired to welcome his visit.

The Israeli president was received as well by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director, Khaldoun Khaldoun Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Member of the Executive Council, Sarah Awad Issa Muslim, Head of Education and Knowledge Department, Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and Mohamed Al Khaja, UAE ambassador to Israel.

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The Israeli president is accompanied by a delegation including a number of senior officials and Ambassador of Israel to UAE, Amir Hayek.

Earlier, Herzog and Michal arrived on an official visit to the UAE. Upon his arrival at the Presidential Flight in Abu Dhabi, he was received by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Israel-president-UAE-main2-750 Sheikh Abdullah greets Isaac Herzog in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Reuters

The presidency in Israel is a largely ceremonial post. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited the UAE in December.

Israel-president-UAE-main1-750 Isaac Herzog addresses the audience at Ben Gurion airport before flying to the UAE on Sunday. AFP

“I will be meeting the leadership of the UAE, at the personal invitation of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, the Crown Prince,” Herzog said earlier.

“I wish him well and I am grateful for his courage and bold leadership, carving out a peace agreement with Israel and sending a message to the entire region that peace is the only alternative for the peoples of the region.”

President Herzog will also be meeting Jewish communities in the UAE, which is the region’s commercial and tourism hub.




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