Israel’s president invites Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to Jerusalem following agreement

Worshippers pray at Al Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem on June 17, 2016. (AP)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has invited Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Jerusalem, following last week’s historic agreement between Israel and the UAE.

Rivlin expressed the invitation in a letter, written in Arabic, which was released to Israeli media on Monday.

“I'm full of hope that this step will contribute to building and strengthening the mutual trust between us and the region's nations,” said Rivlin in the letter.

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“A trust that will solidify the understanding between all of us. A trust like this, as you have proven through your brave and great step, will push our region forward and provide prosperity and stability to all the residents of the whole Middle East,” he said.

The UAE confirmed on Sunday that a phone link has been set up with Israel, unblocking phone calls between the countries, following a historic agreement between the two countries.

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi “inaugurated a phone link between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel following the historic Peace Accord,” said UAE Director of Strategic Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hend Al Otaiba in a post on Twitter on Sunday.

On Thursday the UAE and Israel announced a peace deal to normalize relations between the countries, in exchange for the Israeli government halting its annexation of Palestinian land.

Known as the “Abraham Accord,” the diplomatic agreement between the UAE and Israel is Israel’s first peace treaty with an Arab country in 25 years.

Israeli and Emirati delegations will meet in the coming weeks to establish bilateral agreements on a range of issues including telecommunications, tourism, and healthcare.

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