UAE boycott Israel, allows economic agreements: state news agency


UAE’s official news agency WAM said on Saturday that DUBAI (Reuters) – the President of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree to boycott Israel and repeal a law to cancel trade and financial agreements between the two countries.

The agency said that the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s decree aims to “support bilateral cooperation to usher in the (establishment) of bilateral relations.”

El Al Airlines has announced plans to operate Israel’s first flight between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and UAE capital Abu Dhabi, and Israel’s first direct flight between top aides of US President Donald Trump, who On August 13, brokerage to normalize Israel. – UAE relation.

The US official said that Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner would join US officials on the El Al flight, which departs at 10 am (0700 GMT) on August 31.

Details such as embassy, ​​trade and travel links are awaited before the Israeli-UAE deal is officially signed.

There are no official air contacts between Israel and the UAE, and it was unclear whether El Al would be able to fly over Saudi Arabia, which has no official relationship with Israel, to cut flight times.

In May, an Etihad Airways plane flew from UAE to Tel Aviv to supply Palestinians with access to the novel coronovirus epidemic, marking the first known flight to Israel by a UAE carrier.

Reporting by Maihar Chamatelli; Editing by Alex Richardson

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