11:54 GMT18 April 2021
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to travel to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, in the first official visit by an Israeli leader.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed that his visit to the United Arab Emirates has been cancelled because of the "difficulties" associated with flying over Jordan.

    Earlier media reported that Benjamin Netanyahu had cancelled his trip to the UAE due to his wife’s illness.

    Israeli First Lady Sara Netanyahu was hospitalized with an appendix infection the night before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first historic official visit to the UAE, media reported in the early hours of Thursday.

    According to the Times of Israel, Sara Netanyahu was taken to hospital after feeling unwell and may have to spend a few days at the medical facility.

    The UAE and Israel struck a US-brokered deal, officially known as the Abraham Accords, to normalize their relationships in August and ratified it in October. The UAE agreed to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, while Israel said it would establish a diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi.

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