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Israel Invites De Facto UAE Leader to Visit, Eyes Trade Deal

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  • Countries plan to sign a free trade agreement in early 2022
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

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Israel invited Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, to visit and said work on a free-trade agreement would accelerate amid efforts to build on fledgling ties. 

The announcements from the office of Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, came after the two leaders met for groundbreaking talks on Monday in Abu Dhabi.