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Israeli minister says he met with 'high ranking' Emirati

JERUSALEM — Israel’s foreign minister says he recently met with a “high ranking persona” from the United Arab Emirates to improve ties between Israel and Arab states.

Israel Katz told a ministers’ meeting on Tuesday that the two reached “substantial agreements,” adding that he was working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with Gulf states. He added: “We do not have a conflict with them.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often boasted of improving ties with Arab states that share Israel’s concerns about Iran. Katz visited the UAE for a U.N. conference earlier this year. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said he met with a senior UAE official there. Netanyahu visited Oman last year.

Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians is still widely seen as an obstacle to publicly improving ties with Arab states.

The Associated Press