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Lapid opens Israeli Embassy to UAE

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has inaugurated Israel’s embassy in Abu Dhabi, his first task in his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates.
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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated Israel’s embassy to the United Arab Emirates today, saying, “This is a historic moment. And it is a reminder that history is created by people who understand history and are willing to change it, by people who prefer the future over the past." The minister further noted, “Israel wants peace with its neighbors. With all its neighbors. We aren't going anywhere. The Middle East is our home and we're here to stay, so we call on all the countries of the region to recognize that and to talk to us."

Lapid warmly thanked former prime minister and political rival Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he referred to as “the architect of the Abraham Accords and who worked tirelessly to bring them about.” Lapid also thanked former US President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden for their contributions to peace in the region.

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