Netanyahu forced to cancel trip to UAE amid dispute with Jordan

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IslamNews – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to the United Arab Emirates was canceled on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis with Jordan, Jordan blocked Netanyahu’s planned flight to the United Arab Emirates from entering its airspace on Thursday morning, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

“These difficulties apparently come from the cancellation of the Jordanian crown prince’s visit to the Temple Mount, following a dispute over security arrangements at the site,” the PMO said.

By midday Thursday, Jordan was willing to allow the flight to enter its airspace, but Netanyahu and UAE leader Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had already agreed to postpone the prime minister’s visit, for the fourth time since Israel and the UAE established diplomatic relations in August.
Netanyahu said in response to a question on Thursday evening that “My visit to the Emirates was not made possible due to a misunderstanding, difficulties in coordinating our flights due to an incident that happened yesterday on the Temple Mount.”

Source: JPOST

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