Israeli envoy for green office in UAE
JERUSALEM: Israel plans to open a diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, its first openly established representative office in the United Arab Emirates, Israeli diplomats said yesterday.
The office will not be a full mission, but will consist of a diplomat assigned to the renewable energy agency, the first time an Israeli foreign ministry official is permanently stationed in the Gulf state.
Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed details first reported in the Israeli daily Haaretz, and three diplomatic officials told Reuters the move was under way.
Israel does not have formal diplomatic ties with most states in the Middle East because of the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its only formal relations are with neighbours Egypt and Jordan.
But the nuclear deal between world powers and Shia Muslim power Iran has caused disquiet in Israel and Sunni Arab states alike. Common ground has emerged between the two sides, even if they are cautious about drawing attention to the links.
In recent years, Israeli officials have met counterparts from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf at nuclear non- proliferation talks in Switzerland, gatherings that the Israelis say have led to increased dialogue.
A delegation from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Irena’s offices in Abu Dhabi and met its director-general earlier in the week, a spokesperson for Irena.
Under the terms of Irena’s “headquarters agreement”, which establishes its base in Abu Dhabi, all members have the right to send permanent missions accredited to the organisation, the statement added. The UAE, as host country, must facilitate. – Reuters