ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister of Ethiopia has sent on Sunday a congratulatory message to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after its government normalized relationships with Isreal.
Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday, as the two countries started opening diplomatic ties under a breakthrough deal announced Thursday on normalized relations.
“On behalf of… Ethiopia and myslef, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to both the people and governments of UAE and Israel for taking the monumental decision to normalize relations between the two countries,” said Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a statement issued on Sunday.
The decisions and related actions, taken to realize rapprochement, are critical to global efforts in maintaining peace and stability, the PM added.
The Prime Minister also commended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayan for his leadership and added that “I’m confident the path to enduring peace in the Middle East will be nurtured”.
UAE and Israeli foreign ministers held their first publicly-acknowledged call on Sunday after the Gulf state opened telephone lines to Israel, according to Reuters news agency.
Israel signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, has had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it.
Featured Image: UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, December 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali/File)