Jerusalem, Aug 31 (EFE) .- The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, encouraged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to return the visit that today, with the first commercial trip of an Israeli-American delegation, finalizes the establishment of relations bilateral diplomatic.

“We will give them the same red carpet that they gave us,” Netanyahu declared at a press conference, in which he celebrated the “historic” arrival in Abu Dhabi to advance an agreement, mediated by the White House, to be signed in Washington in the next few weeks.

“There are dialogues with more states, I hope there will be more agreements,” he added, referring to other Arab countries in the region with which Israel could normalize relations, without giving further details.

There are many issues that “I still cannot tell you,” but at some point “will come to light,” he told reporters.

Since Washington announced the rapprochement between Israel and the UAE on August 13, it has been speculated that other states, such as Sudan, Oman, Bahrain or Morocco, could follow the same path, but for now there has been no official step in this line and Senior officials in these countries have been quick to deny it.

“We have made Israel a very strong state,” Netanyahu added.

According to him, the formalization of ties with the UAE opens the doors to the Persian Gulf and gives it new economic opportunities to boost growth with one of the most dynamic countries in the region.

The pact with the UAE will mean “a warm peace, because it is based on cooperation with an innovative and entrepreneurial economy” that will make it easier for Israel to receive investment and closer contact with the rest of the Middle Eastern countries.

“It will allow direct encounters between Israeli citizens and the population” of other Arab states, he added.

Netanyahu spoke out as a large Israeli delegation, led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabat, is in Abu Dhabi to detail the final deal with Abu Dhabi.

She traveled to the country on the first commercial flight between the two states, and is accompanied by a high-ranking US representation led by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to US President Donald Trump.

The delegation includes seven work teams to define the opening of embassies, cooperation in tourism and culture, science and investment, among other fields, with a view to the final agreement that they will formalize in an official ceremony at the White House in the coming weeks.

Emirates is the third Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994). EFE

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