Israel, UAE agree on visa-free travel for nationals: Netanyahu

Dubai - The first official UAE delegation landed in Israel at Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday.

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Published: Tue 20 Oct 2020, 2:30 PM

The UAE and Israel has agreed for visa-free travel for their nationals, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday.

The first official UAE delegation landed in Israel at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

"We are making history today..This is the first official visit from the UAE. Tday, we sign four agreements that will change matters in terms of economy, science, technology and aviation," said the PM.

In a press conference organised at Ben Gurion airport, Netanyahu said with the visa exemption, citizens from both countries can travel across the border.

Netanyahu is hosting a trilateral summit meeting with the participation of US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Menuhen and UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al Tayer and the UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri.

The UAE and Israel agreed to normalise ties in August and a US-brokered Abraham Accords was signed on September 15 at the White House opening a new era in the Arab-Jewish relations. UAE is the first GCC country and the third Arab nation to normalise ties with Israel. Cabinets of both the countries have ratified the deal.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are also expected to sign a deal allowing 28 weekly commercial flights between Israel's Ben Gurion airport, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Israel's Transportation Ministry said on Sunday.

The agreement, which also allows unlimited charter flights to a smaller airport in southern Israel and 10 weekly cargo flights, comes after Israel and UAE agreed to normalise relations.

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