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UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed calls Israel’s Netanyahu amid tensions

The call follows continued rescheduling of Netanyahu’s trip to the UAE and the Gulf state’s criticism of new coalition.
 Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Downing Street to meet Britain's Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak,on March 24, 2023 in London, England. Benjamin Netanyahu visits London against a backdrop of unrest at home. Protests are being held weekly across Israel against legislation being pushed through the Knesset by his government to restrain the judiciary. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Tuesday, amid public disagreements with the Israeli government on issues related to the Palestinians. 

Netanyahu called Sheikh Mohamed, and the two discussed bilateral relations. They specifically spoke about the UAE-Israel free trade agreement and the United Nations climate conference, COP28, which will take place in the UAE in November, according to the official Emirates News Agency. 

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