British Abraham Accords delegation begins first visit to United Arab Emirates

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A delegation from the British Parliament has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to see the progress made since the signing of the Abrahamic Accords and to encourage other nations to sign the accord.

Led by former Defense Secretary Liam Fox, the British Abraham group’s first overseas trip will meet with Emirati leaders as part of an increased commitment to forge closer ties with the accord with Israel.

The highlight of the five-day trip will be a meeting in Dubai with members of the Jewish community and discussions with youth groups to raise awareness of the agreements.

The Abrahamic Accords were signed in 2020, with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain being the first Gulf states to form official diplomatic relations with Israel. The United States negotiated the deal.

Since then, improved relations between countries have led to the opening of embassies as well as significant economic investments in areas such as the diamond and technology industries.

The first branch of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office opened in Israel last year, and a number of kosher restaurants have popped up in the UAE for Jewish customers.

Other Arab countries followed with the United Arab Emirates, with Sudan, Morocco and Oman all having normalized relations with Israel, and it is expected that more countries will follow this year, some in the Gulf as well. than Indonesia and the Maldives.

“The Abraham Accords were a bold and visionary step towards peace in the Middle East,” Fox said after arriving in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. “Our group is here to express our support for the agreements, as well as to see for ourselves the spirit of coexistence that is fostered in the UAE between religions, cultures and nations.”

The main MP, who was previously UK secretary for international trade, said the UK could play “an important role in expanding the agreements”.

“Our group can contribute to this goal and I look forward to discussing this issue further with Emirati officials during our visit,” he said.

Mr Fox has been invited by the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel to lead the British group of the Abrahamic Accords, whose aim is to provide a British forum to promote the agreements and peace in the region. .

Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE’s ambassador to the UK, said the visit, which includes politicians from Britain’s three main political parties, was “a real show of support for the Abrahamic Accords” by Parliament.

“I am delighted that such a distinguished group of parliamentarians were able to travel to the United Arab Emirates to see for themselves how the agreements continue to bring peace and prosperity to the region.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Fox for leading this pioneering initiative. “

Other MPs include Mark Garnier, vice-chairman of the International Trade Select Committee; Stephen Crabb, parliamentary chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel; Steve McCabe, chairman of Labor Friends of Israel; and Dr Lisa Cameron of the Scottish National Party.

The British delegation will meet with UAE government ministers as well as business leaders and will also visit Expo 2020 Dubai, where they are expected to visit the pavilions of all signatories to the Abrahamic Accords.

Update: January 9, 2022, 1:39 a.m.


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