Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Netanyahu discuss UAE-Israeli ties

The UAE has normalized ties with Israel. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 October 2020

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Netanyahu discuss UAE-Israeli ties

  • Netanyahu said in a statement he invited the crown prince to Israel
  • The two sides affirmed the normalization of relations was a step to enhance regional peace

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan tweeted on Monday that he had had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss strengthening bilateral ties and the prospects for peace in the region.

Netanyahu said in a statement he invited the crown prince to Israel, and that he also received the same invitation, although no dates were confirmed.

The Israeli Cabinet, meanwhile has approved the normalization deal with the UAE. It will submit the agreement for parliamentary ratification.

The two sides also affirmed that the normalization of relations was a step to enhance regional peace, stability and security, and will pave the way for a new phase of cooperation, according to a report by UAE state news agency WAM.

They also expressed appreciation for the role played by the US and President Donald Trump in reaching a peace accord.

(with Reuters)


Iran imposes new restrictions to stem coronavirus spread

Updated 31 October 2020

Iran imposes new restrictions to stem coronavirus spread

  • Rouhani announced new restrictions that will take effect on Wednesday in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces for 10 days
  • Police will make unannounced visits to other high-risk businesses, and those that violate health protocols will be shut down

Weddings, wakes and conferences will be banned in the Iranian capital until further notice as the Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battles a third wave of COVID-19, police said on Saturday.
President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile announced new restrictions that will take effect on Wednesday in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces for 10 days.
The official IRNA news agency said Tehran police had extended by one week the closure of businesses including beauty salons, teahouses, cinemas, libraries and fitness clubs.
Police will make unannounced visits to other high-risk businesses, and those that violate health protocols will be shut down, IRNA quoted police official Nader Moradi as saying.
Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in a televised press briefing that the new restrictions from next week in the 25 provinces and 89 counties will include include the closure of institutions such as schools, universities, libraries and mosques.
Rouhani said in televised remarks that strict health protocols should be observed when holding weddings and funerals in those provinces and counties.
Iranian authorities have blamed a sharp increase in cases on people failing to follow restrictions, and Rouhani said an operations headquarters will be set up to ensure compliance with the health protocols.
Total COVID-19 deaths rose by 386 over the past 24 hours to reach 34,864, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV on Saturday, adding total cases rose by 7,820 to 612,772.