(August 16, 2020 / JNS) The United Arab Emirates and Israel opened up telephone service on Sunday as part of the normalization deal between the two countries brokered by the Trump administration.
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan called his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, and Israeli Communications Minister Yoaz Handel issued a statement “congratulating the United Arab Emirates on removing the blocks,” according to the AP.
Israeli news websites that had previously been blocked by the UAE government could also be accessed from the Gulf state, the report said.
Separately, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio that more normalization deals were in the works.
“Additional agreements will be reached with Gulf countries, like Bahrain and Oman,” said Cohen, adding that in the coming year, there is a chance for additional agreements in Africa, especially with Sudan and Morroco.
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