UAE ambassador set to arrive in Israel tomorrow

Austrian Chancellor, Danish PM to visit to discuss COVID vaccine production with Netanyahu.

UAE Ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Khaja  (photo credit: UAE MOFA)
UAE Ambassador to Israel, Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Khaja
(photo credit: UAE MOFA)
Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel, is expected to arrive here on Monday.
He will have to take a coronavirus test upon arrival and get a negative result before presenting his charter letter to the Foreign Ministry and his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin.
Al Khaja has been tweeting in Hebrew, English and Arabic in recent days.
On Friday, he tweeted: “For Emiratis and Israelis, a new chapter of openness, understanding and prosperity is beginning. Looking forward to my first visit. See you next week. Shabbat Shalom.”
Al Khaja met with Israeli Ambassador to the UAE Eitan Na’eh last week.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen are expected to arrive in Israel on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a joint COVID-19 vaccine production initiative.
“We have been in close contact with our partners Denmark and Israel... since spring,” Kurz tweeted on Saturday. “Now we want to expand the cooperation. I will therefore travel to Israel on March 4 with the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, there we will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu to arrange the closest possible cooperation in the research and production of vaccines and drugs.”
Last week, Netanyahu said he has been in touch with leaders of seven countries, including Austria, Denmark and Bahrain, to build joint facilities to produce COVID-19 vaccines.
Netanyahu also has been in contact with Pfizer and Moderna about the vaccine production initiative.

Eve Young contributed to this report.