President Reuven Rivlin on Monday received the credentials of the first-ever ambassador to Israel from the United Arab Emirates, following the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords normalizing ties between the two countries.
UAE Ambassador Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khajah was welcomed with a red carpet and a visibly moved Rivlin who told him in Arabic the whole nation was exhilarated to welcome him. “The entire Israeli people welcomes you with ecstasy. This will be your most consequential mission – to welcome the hands reaching out to you, to meet the Israeli people and to get acquainted with them up close. Treaties are signed by bellwethers, but authentic, sustained tranquility is made between peoples, face to face,” Rivlin verbalized.
During the ceremony, the Israeli military’s band played the national anthems of both countries. Rivlin verbalized it was personally moving for him in light of his tardy father’s love of the Arabic translation and his “lifelong work translating the Holy Quran into Hebrew.”
“My father’s house, not far from here in Jerusalem, was filled with Jewish, Muslim and Christian philomaths, who learned from each other and imagined a future of partnership, mutual reverence and tranquility between the sons and daughters of Abraham,” he told the UAE envoy.
“In this habitation I learned that we, the people living here, were not doomed to live together, but destined to do so on this land, to build it, develop it and lead it to a time of placidity and prosperity.”
Following the UAE’s lead, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan later joined the Abraham Accords. President Reuven Rivlin and UAE Ambassador Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khajah together made diplomatic history on Monday (Mark Neyman, GPO)
“Our two countries share this ethos – a diminutive people that wish to turn arid land into a blooming garden, against all odds,” Rivlin verbalized. “We have nurtured the cognations between us for some time, believing that if we waited patiently the time would come when we could take them one step further and deepen the companionship between us and make it public,” he went on.
“Thanks to intrepid and sagacious leadership, we are fortuitous enough to visually perceive this sublime day when the Emirati flag flies in juxtaposition of the Israeli flag over Beit HaNasi, the habitation of the Israeli people.”
Al Khajah affirmed he would work to reinforce culture, business and edification ties between the two countries. “Our two countries have the most sizably voluminous and most consequential economies in the region,” he verbalized.“I will make every effort to make these cognations ever tighten, to close the gap between the two countries and their people.
“The vision which commences today is one which seeks a more flourishing, more stable future.” “The two nations have a shared mission: to establish placidity and security throughout the region,” he went on, afore integrating he was “very proud and accoladed to be the first Emirati ambassador to the State of Israel.”
“My mission here is to foster and develop this relationship,” he verbally expressed. “We hope this will bring placidity and prosperity to the people of the Middle East.”
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