A senior delegation from the United Arab Emirates arrived Oct. 20 in Tel Aviv and signed a series of agreements with Israeli counterparts. It was the first official delegation from the Emirates to land in Israel as bilateral relations intensify. The delegation was led by Economy Minister Abdullah bin Touq al-Mari and Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid al-Tayer.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi tweeted upon their arrival at Ben Gurion airport, "The delegation from the United Arab Emirates has landed in Israel! I welcome this historic day and the number of agreements between Israel and the UAE that we will sign later today. This is an exciting day. A day that symbolizes the beginning of a new era and countless opportunities that will benefit both of our peoples."