Three members of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) paid a visit to Israel’s parliament, becoming the first Emirati delegation to do so since the normalization of relations between the two countries was facilitated by the United States in 2020.
“When we talk about Abraham Accords agreements, we want you to look at the big picture,” Ali Rashid al-Nuaimi, the chairman of the council’s defense, interior and foreign affairs committee, said at the Israeli foreign and defense committee on Monday.
“It’s not a political agreement only, it’s not an issue related to security and defense issues. No, it is an agent of change for the whole region,” Nuaimi said, advocating “full engagement in all sectors.”
The Emirati delegation paid a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust monument, before going to the Knesset.
“I want everyone to know there is no way back, we are moving forward, we are not repeating history, we are writing history,” Nuaimi said.
Nuaimi, as well as fellow Federal National Council members Sara Falaknaz and Marwan Almheiri and Ram Ben Barak, the head of the Israeli foreign and defense committee, were welcomed as “neighbors and brothers.”