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Israel is set to open a “permanent mission” in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) despite the ostensible, traditional Arab-Israeli conflict.
On Friday, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Tel Aviv will “soon” open the mission in Abu Dhabi, which is to operate as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) based in the Arab city, the Associated Press reported.
The development comes even as the UAE apparently does not recognizes Israel or have diplomatic relations with it.
Among Arab nations, only Egypt and Jordan host diplomatic Israeli missions.
A spokeswoman for the UAE Foreign Ministry has issued a formal response to Israel joining the UN's International Renewable Energy Agency, or IRENA, which is based in Abu Dhabi. "The move does not represent a change in the UAE's diplomatic stance towards Israel. It is an independent agency."
The spokeswoman added that, "The mission's is tasked with and limited to maintaining ties within the organization. The objectives of the mission have no bearing on the host country and its diplomatic relations."