At his office in Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to a statement from Lapid’s office, the Israeli premier initially met with the top diplomat from the Emiratis before convening a larger discussion with teams from both sides.
Lapid and bin Zayed discussed ways to enhance their collaboration in business, agriculture, energy, and food security, as well as bilateral ties. The two sides congratulated one another on the second anniversary of the normalization of relations between the two nations, according to the statement.
In response to what he called “terrorist acts,” Lapid also expressed his support for Abu Dhabi, alluding to drone strikes carried out on the city by Houthi rebels in Yemen in January.
Israel and the UAE agreed to restore their relations by signing a US-sponsored agreement in September 2020. Since then, prominent officials from the two nations have visited each other on official business, and scores of bilateral agreements have been struck in various industries, including investment, banking, and tourism.
The UAE participated in the contentious action that became known as the Abraham Accords together with three other Arab nations: Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.