UAE shuns Israel electioneering: Emirati official
The UAE will not get involved in Israeli electioneering, an Emirati official said Wednesday, in pointed comments amid new reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit ahead of elections next week.
Netanyahu, in power since 2009, has sought to burnish his credentials as Israel's leading statesman as part of his re-election pitch ahead of March 23 polls.
A UAE visit could have aided that effort.
"From the UAE's perspective, the purpose of the Abrahamic Accords is to provide a robust strategic foundation to foster peace and prosperity with the State of Israel and in the wider region," tweeted Anwar Gargash, advisor to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.
They came after Netanyahu last week cancelled what would have been a historic visit to the UAE, citing a disagreement with Jordan over the premier crossing its airspace.
There was new speculation Wednesday that Netanyahu could be scheduling a visit again, but there was no official comment from either side.
The Israeli prime minister said last week that he had spoken to Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE's de facto leader, and that the pair agreed to meet "very soon".