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Israel, UAE ratify visa exemption agreement

11:55, 23 November 2020
Israel, UAE ratify visa exemption agreement Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

Israel’s cabinet ratified a mutual visa exemption agreement with the United Arab Emirates - the Jewish state’s first-ever agreement with an Arab country, The Times of Israel reports.


The ministers voted unanimously to approve the treaty, which was signed in Tel Aviv last month. The UAE government reportedly ratified the agreement on November 1, which will enter into force in 30 days.

This is the first Arab country with which we have signed such an agreement. This is a step that will facilitate reciprocal tourism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the vote at the weekly cabinet meeting.

Of course, this will develop and strengthen ties between the countries as well as economic links. I believe that every citizen of Israel, the entire world, sees the great change that we are bringing to our region in every field, he added.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that Israel and Bahrain formally declared that they have made peace and established formal diplomatic relations.