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Israeli Prime Minister Bennett in first trip to UAE as Iran threat looms

Naftali Bennett has become the first Israeli leader to visit the United Arab Emirates, as he attempts to deepen ties at a time of rising tensions over Iran.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the UAE's de facto leader, held talks with Mr Bennett a year after their countries normalised relations.

Israel's prime minister said he wanted to boost economic and commercial ties.

He was also expected to urge the UAE to take a tougher stance in response to Iran's expanding nuclear programme.

The UAE shares Israel's concerns about the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran, but it is also trying to establish better relations with Tehran.


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