First ever talks in Arabic between diplomats from Israel & UAE

Israel's ambassador to Azerbaijan, George Deek, met with his UAE counterpart in the capital city of Baku.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

The meeting of the two diplomats in Baku
The meeting of the two diplomats in Baku
Foreign Ministry

Following the signing of the Abraham Accords on September 15 at the White House, Israeli diplomats across the world have been sustaining the momentum of enhanced relations with their UAE and Bahraini counterparts.

This week, two historic meetings took place, one in Moscow, Russia’s capital, and the other in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

After the meetings, the Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement:

“Following the signing of the Abraham Accords last week, Israeli diplomats from around the world began to hold meetings and open discussions with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, with the goal of creating closer ties between the countries and enhancing collaborative efforts.

“This week, an official meeting was held, the first of its kind, at the Israeli Embassy in Moscow, between the interim commissioner Keren Cohen Gat and the deputy chief of staff for strategic affairs, Yifat Amadi, and their Bahraini counterpart, Mr. Jassim Balzak. An additional meeting was held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where the Israeli ambassador, George Deek, met with the acting ambassador of the UAE, and for the first time ever, diplomats from these two countries held talks in Arabic.”

Following the meeting, Ambassador Deek tweeted:

“Today, history was made when I, as Israel’s ambassador to Azerbaijan, met with the acting Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, the first meeting between Israeli and Emirati ambassadors in Baku, and the first anywhere to be conducted in Arabic. Peace is possible. We must never lose hope in our common future.”

George Deek was appointed as ambassador in 2018, the first time an Arab Christian was appointed to such a position.