Lapid, Emirati foreign minister talk hostage deal, postwar Gaza in Abu Dhabi meeting

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid meets with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at his private residence in Abu Dhabi, May 2, 2024. (Courtesy: Office of Yair Lapid)
Opposition Leader Yair Lapid meets with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at his private residence in Abu Dhabi, May 2, 2024. (Courtesy: Office of Yair Lapid)

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid met with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed during a diplomatic visit to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, his office says in a readout of the meeting.

During the meeting, held at bin Zayed’s home, the two discussed ongoing efforts to reach a deal for the release of the hostages held in Gaza, as well as the issue of what Gaza will look like once the war ends.

Lapid stressed the urgent need to secure the release of the hostages, his office says, and told the Emirati official that “every country in the region can influence the deal.”

“Israel has an interest in creating, together with the United Arab Emirates and moderate Arab countries, political and economic cooperation that can offer solutions to global problems and deal with regional threats of all kinds,” he added.

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