Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the country’s new embassy in the United Arab Emirates Tuesday afternoon, in a ceremony in the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi with shliach Rabbi Levi Duchman.
By Anash.org reporter
Photos, video: Shlomi Amsalem/Israel GPO
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated Israel’s new embassy in the United Arab Emirates Tuesday afternoon, in a ceremony in the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi.
Lapid was joined by Shliach Rabbi Levi Duchman who helped Lapid the mezuzah at the entrance to the embassy, in the presence of representatives of the local Jewish community.
The new foreign minister offered his country’s gratitude to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who he called the architect of the Abraham Accords.
“Israel wants peace with all of its neighbors,” Lapid said. “We aren’t going anywhere. The Middle East is our home and we’re here to stay, so we call on all countries in the region to recognize that and talk to us.”
“I want to thank, on behalf of us all, Israel’s former Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was the architect of the Abraham Accords and who worked tirelessly to bring them about. This moment is his, no less than it is ours,” Lapid continued.
‘Exciting moment for the Jewish community and the entire UAE to have the presence of an official Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi,’ says
Rabbi Levi Duchman, shliach to the United Arab Emirates said it was an “exciting moment for the Jewish community and the entire UAE to have the presence of an official Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi.”
More than 200,000 Israeli tourists have visited the UAE since the agreement was signed last year, the Foreign Ministry said.
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