Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed meet for talks

Written by By Cheryl Jacques-Thayer, for CNN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Abu Dhabi counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the private residence of the Emirati crown prince in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

According to a communique from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two leaders had an initial 30-minute conversation, followed by a joint statement in which the Israeli leader “underscored his country’s commitment to resolving all outstanding issues for establishing peace and security in the region.”

Netanyahu, who is currently on a five-day state visit to the Gulf, also met Sheikh Mohammed, the crown prince and minister of defense, at the palace on Monday afternoon.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed expressed the importance of making progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“(The UAE’s) priority is regional peace and stability … so we are keen to continue the work to establish peace and stability in the region in a win-win situation,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo, on May 8, 2018. AFP-Yonhap/Yonhap via REUTERS

The two leaders were accompanied by the UAE minister of foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, and the leaders of Abu Dhabi’s six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Ahmed bin Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

On the sidelines of the visit, Netanyahu’s motorcade was flanked by two Israeli Armored Cavalry Regiment battle tanks and five combat helicopters hovered overhead.

On the first day of the official visit, Netanyahu met with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the ruling family’s citadel in the capital, Manama.

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