JERUSALEM 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday sent an invitation to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to visit Israel.

Rivlin posted on his Twitter account a photo of the message he sent to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UAE authorities did not comment on the invitation.

“In my name and in the name of the people of Israel, I open the opportunity to extend to your Excellency an invitation to visit Israel and Jerusalem, as a distinguished and honored guest,” Rivlin said in his message.

“The crystallized agreement between our two countries with the mediation of U.S. President Donald Trump which will soon be signed, constitutes a cornerstone, towards new paths in our region,” the message reads.

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced a deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize their relations.

The UAE is the first Gulf state and third Arab nation to have full diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.

Despite reports that the deal halted Israel’s controversial plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Netanyahu confirmed his government’s continued commitment to the annexation plan.

Palestinian groups denounced the deal, saying it does nothing to serve the Palestinian cause and ignores the rights of Palestinians.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara

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