New Israeli foreign minister in the UAE on 1st state visit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel’s new foreign minister is in the United Arab Emirates on the first high-level trip by an Israeli official to the Gulf Arab state since the two countries normalized relations last year. Yair Lapid’s visit Tuesday to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi comes after the two countries formalized ties in a deal brokered by the Trump administration. Lapid, the architect of a new Israeli government that brought down the record 12-year-long tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu, inaugurated the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi. At that event, he called on countries of the region to recognize that Israel is “here to stay”.