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Israeli FM Visits Abu Dhabi Amidst Standoff with Iran

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2 Jul 2019
Israeli FM Visits Abu Dhabi Amidst Standoff with Iran
Israeli Foreign Minister and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz was in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and Monday to participate in a UN meeting on the environment, also holding meetings with senior UAE officials. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, the meetings covered increasing cooperation between Israel and the UAE in the spheres of high tech, energy, agriculture and water management, as well as shared concerns about the threats posed by Iran. "I am excited to stand here in Abu Dhabi and to represent the interests of the State of Israel vis-à-vis the Arab Gulf states,” Katz said. “This is a significant step up in the relations between Israel and the states in the region.”

“I will continue to work with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promote the normalization policy from a position of strength, based on Israel's capabilities, both in the fields of security and intelligence, and in the various civilian spheres. I see this as one of my major challenges as foreign minister, and I intend to continue leading this policy in the future,” he said.

Back in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept up his rhetorical campaign against Iran on Monday, saying that he wasn’t surprised by Iran’s announcement that it had exceeded the 300 kg limit on enriched uranium it agreed to in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. “We proved that the entire nuclear agreement with Iran is based on one big lie,” he declared. “Now even Iran admits it. Soon there will be more proof that Iran has lied all the time.”

US President Donald Trump appeared to back this assessment on Monday, answering a question from a journalist about a message he might want to send to Teheran in response to the move by saying "They know what they're doing. They know what they're playing with and I think they're playing with fire."

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif responded to the US position by tweeting the word “Seriously?”

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