UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan speaks out against the incoming Israeli government’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank in the coming months.
“This unilateral step is illegal, undermines chances for peace and contradicts all efforts made by the international community to reach a lasting political solution in accordance with relevant international resolutions,” official Emirati media quotes the top diplomat as having said.
Al Nahyan adds that Netanyahu’s claims that Arab states will ultimately accept annexation are wrong and misleading.
The UAE has been one of several Gulf states with which Israel has sought to warm ties in recent years. The Emerati UN envoy even praised Israel’s efforts to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus just last week.