IP - New Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the United Arab Emirates for the first time, according to several Hebrew media reports.

Iran PressMiddle East: Israeli website Ynet says such a visit could take place as early as next week.

The Prime Minister’s Office has no comment on the reports.

Netanyahu was scheduled to visit the UAE before the end of his previous stint as prime minister in March 2021 but was forced to cancel when Jordan delayed approving his flight path over the Hashemite kingdom.

On December 2022, Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the latter’s private residence.

Before arriving in UAE, Herzog began his historic visit to Bahrain, becoming the first Israeli head of state to visit the Persian Gulf nation.

Herzog was welcomed by Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and later met with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Earlier this year, Naftali Bennett became the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Bahrain, following the normalization agreement signed between the two sides in 2020.


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