Daily News Ethiopia– The UAE and Israel on Thursday announced an agreement that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two states.
According to Ethiopian observer, Abiy had proposed a meeting between Israel & UAE during a visit to Israel. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he offered to mediate between the United Arab Emirates and Israel during an official visit to Israel on October 20, 2019.
Abiy recalled a meeting he had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year in an interview with an entertainment talk show hosted by Seifu Fantahun in connection with the Ethiopian Christmas. « When I was with prime minister Netanyahu, we talked about the regional issue,” said Abiy. “And I told him about Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, (the ruler of the United Arab Emirates) and how a good and wise leader he was. I told him that I could arrange a meeting between them if he was interested to meet him. Ethiopia could play a role in hosting the talks,” Abiy said.
Abiy quoted his Israeli counterpart as responding, « Just by looking at images of Abu Dabi, you could tell that he is a brilliant leader. » But Abiy did not say if Netanyahu accepted the offer or not.
Up until recently, the UAE does not recognize Israel as a state, and the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations. However, Netanyahu and senior officials have in recent months talked of secret ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which believed resulted in the new UAE-Israeli diplomatic ties. Hence,for such remarkable achievement, Aby Ahmed’s role should be hugely recognized along with Preseident Trump’ effort.