Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, today joined an Israeli Government-organized delegation of UN PRs to participate in their official meetings with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the meetings, Ambassador Nusseibeh recognized the deepening ties between Israel and the UAE following the signing of the Abraham Accords. She reviewed the growth in bilateral trade which reached USD 2 billion in the first 9 months of 2022, and the extensive cooperation in fields such as science, medicine, agriculture, and tourism.

Her Excellency underscored that the Abraham Accords are premised on an inclusive vision of regional dialogue, coexistence, and cooperation. She added that “the long-term success and expansion of the Accords can only be achieved by extending their opportunities and benefits across the region, particularly to its young people.”

Ambassador Nusseibeh also met separately with Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to receive an update on the concerning developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, ahead of his briefing to the Security Council next week.

Throughout her engagements, the Ambassador reiterated the UAE’s steadfast commitment to the two-state solution through the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, in line with the agreed international parameters.

The delegation of the UN PRs landed in Israel on Friday 9 December, following a two-day trip to the UAE hosted by Ambassador Nusseibeh during which they met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and senior officials. They also visited a number of government, business, and cultural institutions.