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Report: UAE crown prince skipped White House signing over PM’s annexation stance

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Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and de facto ruler of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, did not attend the White House ceremony this week to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel after he was reportedly angered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that annexation of parts of the West Bank was still on the table, according to a report on Friday.

The Saudi website Elaph reported that an unnamed Israeli official said the crown prince expressed his resentment to Mossad chief Yossi Cohen after Netanyahu insisted that annexation remained a possibility for the future, and as a result sent Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan to the Washington ceremony.

According to the report, cited by Channel 13 news, the senior official said that the crown prince summoned Cohen to tell........

© The Times of Israel

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