DUBAI: A top Emirati diplomat on Monday defended her country’s decision to maintain ties with the Zionist entity despite its mounting concern over the war in Gaza. The United Arab Emirates and the Zionist entity established diplomatic ties in 2020 as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords, making it one of the few Arab countries to recognize the Zionist entity.
Despite maintaining its ties with the Zionist entity since the Zionist-Hamas war began in October, the UAE has been at pains to express solidarity with Palestinians as anger mounted in the Arab world over the conflict.
Speaking at the World Governments Summit, an annual gathering of business and political leaders in Dubai, Lana Nusseibeh applauded cooperation between the UAE and the Zionist entity.
“Because of that cooperation... we have a field hospital in Gaza and we have a maritime hospital docking in the Al-Arish port,” in Egypt, said Nusseibeh, the UAE’s ambassador to the UN. For the “residents of Gaza, it’s not enough. What we need... is a humanitarian ceasefire and a two-state solution,” she added. “Will we get that by talking to the people who agree with us? No. We will get that by talking to the people who disagree with us and the UAE will always be proud of doing that.”
In recent days, the UAE joined several Arab Gulf states in warning the Zionist entity against launching an offensive on the city of Rafah in the extreme south of the Gaza Strip, where around 1.4 million people have sought refuge. “The UAE is extremely worried at this point,” Nusseibeh said. “Any military operation in Rafah would have unacceptable consequences,” the diplomat added.
Nusseibeh, who organized an unofficial visit for UN envoys to the Rafah crossing last year, called for a two-state solution, arguing that it is critical for the reconstruction of Gaza. “You cannot deny the Palestinian right to statehood, and that is an Arab consensus,” she said. “There must be an irreversible progression to the two-state solution for regional partners to be on board with the reconstruction (of Gaza)”.
Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has shown no interest in reviving negotiations toward a Palestinian state. Nusseibeh added that the UAE had committed billions of dollars to development projects in both Gaza and the Zionist-occupied West Bank over the past three decades. But “we cannot keep refunding and then seeing everything that we have built, destroyed,” she said. – AFP