World News – GB – UAE’s first delegation to Israel approves multi-billion dollar fund and visa-free travel


DUBAI: Senior UAE officials on Tuesday signed unprecedented series of cooperation agreements with Israel after inaugural delegation disembarks in Tel Aviv
Plans have also been announced for a $ 3 billion investment fund to be managed with the United States, to boost private sector projects in the region.
« Today we are writing history in a way that will last for generations, » Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the day-long meeting
« I believe that the visit of such a high level delegation from the UAE will show our people, the region and the whole world the benefit of having friendly, peaceful and normal exchanges. »
The UAE delegation was led by Minister of Economy Abdullah bin Touq Al-Mari and Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al-Tayer
They were accompanied by US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and other US officials on the Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv

This morning, the UAE is preparing to send its first official delegation to Israel, led by HE Obaid Al Tayer and HE Abdulla Bin Touq, and accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin picTwittercom / V6o1v8QbuU

Mnuchin described the visit as a historic occasion. « Greater economic prosperity comes with stronger security, » he said The United Arab Emirates, the United States and Israel « share a similar view of threats and opportunities in the region, ”said Mnuchin
Officials signed an agreement allowing their citizens to travel visa-free between the two countries, a first in the Arab world Israel has peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but visas are required to travel
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have also signed investment protection and science and technology agreements, as well as a civil aviation agreement allowing 28 flights per week between the two countries.
Al-Tayer said the agreements signed on Tuesday offered « great opportunities to achieve prosperity for both our economies and our people. »
A US delegate to the meeting, Adam Boehler, head of the International Development Finance Corporation, said the three countries would create a fund, initially slated to raise $ 3 billion, to encourage private sector investment and regional cooperation
Last month, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to normalize relations and establish formal ties with Israel The « Abraham Accords » were negotiated by US President Donald Trump before presidential election next month, and signed in a ceremony at the White House

BEIRUT: Lebanese security chief was forced to delay return from official visit to US after testing positive for coronavirus following series of White House meetings

Maj Gen Abbas Ibrahim, Director General of Lebanese Public Security, met with US officials, including David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; CIA Director Gina Haspel; and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien during his recent visit to Washington

Hale, along with several other employees of the State Department and other divisions of the executive, are now self-isolating for 14 days, US officials said

Lebanon’s General Directorate of Public Security said Ibrahim was in « good health » but will postpone his return to Beirut after the PCR test

The Lebanese intelligence chief also spoke with senior US security officials in Washington He was due to hold meetings in Paris before his return to Beirut

In Lebanon, the number of coronavirus infections in October rose to more than 24,000, surpassing the total of 22,000 in September

Since the start of the epidemic in February, more than 63,000 cases have been reported in the country, with 525 dead

Firas Abyad, director of Rafic Hariri University Hospital, said: “The situation is unacceptable If we continue on this path, we will soon reach a point where the number of critical cases of coronavirus outweighs the number of care beds. intensive care available This will coincide with winter, when the demand for intensive care beds increases for cases of pneumonia, for example « 

Abyad told Arab News: “One of the most difficult cases doctors can face is the death of a mother after giving birth, due to the fallout from her infection with the coronavirus, and it has happened. a few days ago in Tripoli »

Abyad underlined a « state of denial » among those infected with the virus, saying that some « consider it just the flu and do not think about the consequences of the disease. »

He added: « We have 215 cases that require intensive care in Lebanon. We are not yet fully occupied, but we may be soon »

Nearly 80 Lebanese towns have been locked out by the Interior Ministry after recording high rates of infection

The weeklong lockdown decree released on Tuesday included the southern Beirut neighborhoods of Ghobeiry, Haret Hreik, Burj Al-Brajneh, Tahwitet Al-Ghadeer and Al-Laylaki

According to the governorate of Mount Lebanon, some suburbs « have not respected individual and collective preventive measures to limit the spread of active chains of infection. »

Cafes, game lounges, amusement parks, sports clubs and public parks will also be closed under restrictions

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World News – GB – UAE’s first delegation to Israel approves multibillion dollar fund and travel without visa



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