Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s foreign minister, has expressed his country’s categorical rejection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal for the UAE’s participation in a civilian administration of the Gaza Strip.

The UAE foreign minister, in remarks published on the “X” platform, said that the UAE condemns everything Netanyahu said because it does not involve any legitimacy that entitles him to call for such a step.

He also stressed the rejection of any attempts to drag the state into schemes that contribute to providing cover for the Israeli presence in the Gaza Strip, which is considered interference in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.

He added that the UAE strongly supports the formation of an independent Palestinian government that expresses the hopes and aspirations of the Palestinian people, and is characterized by integrity, efficiency, and independence.

He also affirmed the UAE’s readiness to provide all forms of support to the future Palestinian government, expressing his hope that this government will contribute to achieving stability and peace in the region.

In an interview with American talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, Netanyahu spoke about his vision for Gaza’s future, noting the need for “some kind of civilian government” by Gazans “who are not committed to destroying us.”

Netanyahu said this could be done with the help of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and other countries he believes “want to see stability and peace.”

It is noteworthy that the UAE and Israel signed a peace agreement on August 13, 2020, and according to the agreement, the UAE recognizes Israel as a state, as the current cooperation between the two countries includes key areas such as the logistical, air, tourism, cultural, educational, medical, scientific research sector, and the telecommunications sector.

 

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