U.S.-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi on historic visit 

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U.S.-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi on historic visit 

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – International relations

In News:

  • A U.S.-Israeli delegation arrived recently in Abu Dhabi on the historic first commercial flight from Tel Aviv, Israel. 
  • The visit marked the normalisation of ties between Israel and the UAE.
  • Objective of the visit: To boost cooperation in areas including aviation, tourism, trade, health, energy and security.

Important value additions 

  • Israel’s Health Ministry updated its list of “green countries” with low COVID-19 infection rates to include the UAE and eight other countries.
  • This means that Israeli officials and journalists travelling to Abu Dhabi would be exempted from 14-day quarantine upon return.
  • The UAE repealed a 1972 law which earlier boycotted Israel. 
  • Now, it will be permissible to enter, exchange or possess Israeli goods and products of all kinds in the UAE and trade in them. 

Do you know? 

  • The UAE is the first Gulf country and only the third Arab nation to establish relations with Israel.
  • Egypt made peace with its former battlefield enemy in 1979. 
  • Jordan followed in 1994. 
  • The UAE has never fought a war with Israel. 

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