Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed has accepted an invitation from Israel’s prime minister to visit the Holy Land. 

According to a statement from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office, MBZ accepted, though no date has been set for what would be a historic visit by a Gulf state royal to the Jewish state.

Bennett extended the invitation during his own historic first official meeting with the crown prince this week. He became the first Israeli prime minister to visit the UAE and spent four hours with MBZ at the palace. 

“In my opinion, this is what the peace and the new reality this region is witnessing, and we are working together to ensure a better future for our children,” Bennett said in an exclusive interview with Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, director-general of the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

“The relations between the two countries have strengthened in all fields, and I am very satisfied with that, as many cooperation agreements were concluded in the fields of trade, research and development, and cyber security, health, education, aviation and more, and I look forward to the continued development and consolidation of relations,” he said.

“The message that I wish to deliver to the UAE leaders and Emirati citizens is that mutual partnership and friendship are natural. We are neighbors and cousins. We are the grandchildren of Prophet Abraham. The period since the signing of the Abraham Peace Accords is the best evidence that developing bilateral relations are a precious treasure for us and the entire region.”

In a statement, Bennett thanked bin Zayed for “for the very warm hospitality” and said the two held “in-depth, sincere and significant talks.”

“I am leaving here with great optimism that this example, of ties between the two countries, will be a cornerstone for a wide-ranging network of ties throughout the region,” he said.

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