Israeli PM Bennett on unannounced visit to Abu Dhabi

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JERUSALEM, June 9 (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and will meet its president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, an Israeli statement said.

Bennett’s Abu Dhabi visit had not previously been announced.

The statement quoted Bennett as saying that he aimed to “build an additional level” in Israel-UAE ties founded two years ago.

A handout photo made available by the Government Press Office (GPO) of Israel shows Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (L) being greeted by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 09 June 2022. Bennett is on a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates. EPA-EFE/KOBI GIDEON/GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICE OF ISRAEL

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