POLITICS | UAE Visit To Israel May Be Held At Airport Due To Coronavirus

The first official delegation to Israel from the United Arab Emirates may remain at the airport and fly home the same day, rather than  conduct a wider visit, due to coronavirus precautions, an Israeli minister said.

Israel is under a second coronavirus lockdown, which it plans to begin easing next week, after a surge in cases.

Science Minister Izhar Shay, whose ministry is taking part in talks with the UAE delegates due to arrive on Tuesday, said the visitors would stay for several hours under a coronavirus protocol.

‘Right now it looks kind of ‘touch and go’. It’s possible that the meetings will be at the airport or close to it’, he told Tel Aviv radio station 102 FM.

Officials have said the UAE delegation will involve eight or nine groups working on various areas of bilateral cooperation, as a follow-up to talks launched in Abu Dhabi during an Aug.31 visit by Israeli delegation.

The UAE and Bahrain signed diplomatic deals establishing formal ties with Israel at a White House ceremony on Sept.15.

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