Lapid to be first Israeli foreign min to visit UAE Jun 22, 2021 0 64 12345 dpa Tel AvivIsrael’s new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is to become the first to visit the United Arab Emirates, with a trip planned for next week.The head of the Yesh Atid party is to travel to the Gulf state for a two-day visit next Tuesday as a guest of his counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed, Lapid’s office announced on Monday.He is also due to inaugurate the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi and a general consulate in Dubai.“Ties between Israel and the UAE are an important relationship, the fruits of which will be enjoyed not only by the citizens of the two countries, but by the entire Middle East,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.In September last year, Israel signed agreements with the UAE and Bahrain to take up diplomatic relations.They became the first Gulf countries to establish official ties with Israel, breaking with the decades-old line of most Arab states to refuse relations with Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians has been solved. In exchange, Israel agreed to halt the annexation of areas in the West Bank. Both sides hope that the agreements will bring economic benefits, but are also an alliance against their common enemy Iran. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India starts free COVID vaccination for all above 18 but glitches remain Jun 22, 2021 0 358 Yoga a ‘source of inner strength’ during pandemic: Modi Jun 22, 2021 0 355 Hong Kong’s Apple Daily facing closure after arrest of executives Jun 22, 2021 0 351 Philippines U-turns on face shields dpa Manila Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday backtracked on scrapping the mandatory use of face shields outdoors, amid concern over the spread of more contagious variants of the coronavirus. Hours .. Iran’s Raisi rules out meeting US President Biden dpa Tehran Iranian president-elect Ebrahim Raisi has declined any meeting with US President Joe Biden so long as US sanctions remain in place, and also spoke out against a full renegotiation of the 2015 nuclear deal that .. HK’s strict visa rules to hit relations: Taiwan dpa Taipei Taiwan’s government on Monday condemned Hong Kong for imposing strict visa rules on Taiwanese officials, a move it says will worsen diplomatic relations. The criticism came a day after the withdrawal of seven .. Turkish Constitutional Court agrees to rule on ban of pro-Kurdish HDP dpa Istanbul Judges at Turkey’s Constitutional Court unanimously accepted on Monday a case regarding the possible ban of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), state news agency Anadolu ..