Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai visits UAE to strengthen ties

Shabtai will meet with senior officials in the Emirati Interior Ministry and local police commissioners.

 Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai lands in the UAE, February 2021 (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai lands in the UAE, February 2021
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai landed in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, becoming the first Israeli police commissioner to visit the UAE.

Shabtai will meet with senior officials in the Emirati Interior Ministry and the police commissioners of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, among other officials.

The visit, which will continue for a number of days, was coordinated by Israel Police's Foreign Relations Unit. The visit is aimed at establishing a professional relationship between the police agencies, the opening of an official channel of discourse on the challenges of crime in the two countries and the establishment of professional cooperation between the police.

Shabtai has decided to appoint a representative of Israel Police in the UAE who will sit at the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi. and coordinated police activities in the Emirates, Africa and the Middle East.

 Israel Police officer in a police car (credit: FLASH90) Israel Police officer in a police car (credit: FLASH90)

The visit comes just days after Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited Bahrain, signing a historic public Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two nations and officially establishing security ties between Israel and Bahrain.