Breaking: UAE’s first ambassador to the Occupied Palestine sworn in
The first ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Occupied Palestine has been sworn in one month after the Arab country’s cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.
According to Press TV, the ambassador, Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Khaja, was sworn in on Sunday by the United Arab Emirates’ Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai.
In the swearing-in ceremony, the UAE prime minister called on Al-Khaja to work to consolidate relations between the UAE and Israel in a way that promotes a culture of “peace, coexistence and tolerance,” according to Emirates news agency WAM.
The cabinet of the UAE approved the setting up of an embassy in Tel Aviv last month.
Zionist regime officially opened its embassy in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi last month with Eitan Na’eh serving as an acting ambassador.
Israel signed US-brokered normalization deals with the UAE and Bahrain on September 15, 2020, known as the Abraham Accords. Since then, several bilateral meetings and visits have been conducted between Israeli and Emirati officials.
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza with East al-Quds as its capital, view the deals as a betrayal of their cause.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas protested the normalization deals with Israel, saying they will be fruitless as long as the United States and the Israeli regime do not recognize the rights of the Palestinian nation and refuse to resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees.
Abbas reiterated that there will be no peace, security or stability for anyone in the region unless the Israeli regime ended its occupation of Palestinian land, and Palestinians could restore their full rights as stipulated in international resolutions.
In turn, the UAE and Bahrain have dramatically slashed their financial assistance to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees after the two Persian Gulf states agreed to clinch US-brokered deals to normalize ties with Israel.