Israeli PM announces ‘cooperation’ with UAE to fight coronavirus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced Israel will join forces with the United Arab Emirates in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, despite the lack of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

“This collaboration will be in the areas of research and development and technology, in areas that will improve health security throughout the region,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Thursday.

Netanyahu said a formal announcement on working together with the UAE on confronting coronavirus was imminent and would be made by the UAE and Israeli health ministers.

The announcement comes at a time of strong Arab opposition to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – territories that form an integral part of a state Palestinians have long sought.

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