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Israel-UAE deal set to be signed 15 September

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are set to ratify their agreement to normalize ties with a signing ceremony at the White House on 15 September 2020.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan are scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., where United States President Donald Trump will preside over the ceremony that will mark the formal beginning of the new phase of diplomate relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.

Upon confirming attendance at next Tuesday’s official event, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement that he was “proud to leave next week to Washington, at President Trump’s invitation, to participate in an historic ceremony for the establishment of peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”

In the meantime, the Israeli leader is forging ahead with attempts to expand diplomatic ties. In Jerusalem, he hosted Chad’s Cabinet Chairman Abdelkerim Déby, son of the Central African nation’s President Marshal Idriss Déby Itno. N’Djamena’s Head of Intelligence Service Ahmed Kogri also attended the meetings.

Discussions focused on the opening of respective diplomatic representations in both countries, as well as bilateral cooperation in the the war on terror, as well in the “cyber, water and agriculture” sectors.

After declaring his “warmest regards” to the leader and people of Chad, Netanyahu expressed his hope to further advance Israel’s recent successes in the normalization of relations with additional nations.

According to the Prime Minister’s office, the possibility for Chad to open an embassy in Jerusalem was discussed.