According to Axios, the talks between Israel and the UAE are progressing faster than expected and the arrangements may also include signing of an additional trilateral pact involving Washington. The trilateral alliance will mainly focus on issues related to regional security, however the field of activity may be extended to other issues, the media reported.
On Monday, the very first Israel-UAE flight took high-level US and Israeli delegations from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi for talks with the top UAE officials. The Israeli delegation was headed by the National Security Council head, Meir Ben Shabbat. The US delegation was headed by Senior Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
On Tuesday, after accompanying the Israeli delegation to the UAE, Kushner flew to Bahrain, looking for more Arab support toward peace with Israel. The US delegation also plans to visit Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Ministry of Finance reached a deal with the UAE central bank, which envisions creation of a joint committee to advance cooperation in finance and investments.
The UAE is set to become the third Arab country to fully recognize Israel after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. US politicians have repeatedly said that they are holding negotiations with other Arab countries that can follow the example of the UAE and reach a peace with Israel.