UAE ends Israel boycott, allows economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates made its first publicly announced flight to Israel on 20 May, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help confront the Palestinians. Coronavirus.

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The UAE news agency WAM reported on Saturday that the President of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree to repeal a law to boycott Israel and 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.”

Plans have been announced by El Al Airlines to operate Israel’s first direct flight between Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport and UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi among Israeli delegations and top aides of US President Donald Trump. 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.

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