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Former Turkey Ambassador To Become First Israeli Diplomat In United Arab Emirates

Israel will in the next few days send a diplomat to Abu Dhabi to set up a temporary mission in the United Arab Emirates as a prelude to establishing a permanent embassy, the Kan public broadcaster reported Tuesday.

Eitan Na’eh, the former ambassador to Turkey, will become the first Israeli to have full diplomatic status in the Gulf state following the normalization of ties with Israel last year.

He will head the temporary mission for several months until an ambassador is appointed, according to the report.

Na’eh served as envoy to Turkey from 2016 to 2018 until he was expelled by Ankara in protest to the deaths of dozens on Palestinians in violent clashes with Israeli forces on the border with the Gaza Strip.

Israel established diplomatic ties with the UAE and Bahrain in September as part of a US-brokered agreement known as the Abraham Accords. Since then, the Jewish state has reached an agreement to open reciprocal embassies with both countries, and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani visited Israel in November.

In addition to the two Gulf states, Israel has recently also reached normalization agreements with Sudan and Morocco.

Israel and Turkey have not exchanged ambassadors since the falling-out in May 2018.

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