Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein holds a press conference during his visit at the Assuta hospital in Ashdod on August 20, 2020.

Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein and his United Arab Emirates counterpart, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, spoke by phone Monday and agreed on cooperation between their two countries with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and other health-related matters.

β€œI am proud to announce the commencement of cooperation between myself and the Minister of Health and Protection of the United Arab Emirates, Abdul Rahman ibn Mohammed Al Oweis,” Edelstein tweeted.

Edelstein said he had been impressed during the discussion by the potential for cooperation between the two countries.

β€œIn our conversation this morning we agreed to appoint focal points for strengthening the cooperation between our countries, especially regarding the fight against COVID-19. In the near future we will convene joint delegations of business people. I was impressed by the potential for exceptional cooperation for the benefit of our countries.”

Israel and the UAE agreed this month to normalize diplomatic relations as part of a U.S.-sponsored deal, making the UAE the third Arab country in 26 years to have formal diplomatic ties with Israel after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994). JN

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