Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Israel
On March 1, 2021, His Excellency Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja presented his credentials to Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel, as the first UAE Ambassador to the State of Israel.
In his remarks on the occasion, Al Khaja stated: "The UAE and the State of Israel share common ground, and we maintain a common vision for the future in which the values of tolerance and cooperation are needed now more than ever before. The historic Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, signed at the White House in September 2020, has opened a new chapter in relations between our two countries and promotes stability and security in our region," Al Khaja said.
He added, "Today, we are witnessing a new vision that will create a better path for the Middle East region. The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement is a historic achievement that will not only positively impact both countries, but also the entire region. Every option other than peace will mean destruction, poverty, and human suffering."
"The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement will remain a beacon in human history for all advocates of peace, as it has created a new reality. Both countries today share a goal of establishing peace and security in the region and instilling optimism and hope among our peoples. In this regard, both countries have begun to regard addressing challenges to regional and international security as a common goal, and I will work tirelessly to strengthen the political ties between our countries for the sake of our peoples and regional stability.”
During his first visit to Israel, Al Khaja met with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; HE Gabi Ashkenazi, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs; HE Ofir Akunis, Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister; HE Amir Peretz, Israeli Minister of Economy; HE Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Israeli Minister of Tourism; HE Shai-Lee Spigelman, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology; HE Amb. Alon Ushpiz, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; HE Amb. Haim Regev, Director of the Middle East Division at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and HE Noam Katz, Deputy Director General at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.