Selin ATAY-TDO- Following an accord between the countries to normalise relations 10 days ago, the United Arab Emirates and Israel on Monday agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the health sector, UAE state news agency reported.
According to UAE state news agency, the health ministers of the two countries discussed cooperation on pharmaceuticals, medical research and coronavirus (COVID-19) in a telephone call.
According to a statement from Israel’s Health Ministry, the UAE and Israel agreed on “initial and immediate cooperation” in the health sector.
The Israeli health ministry said that the two countries will each appoint representatives and set up business delegations.
The ministry also added that the countries will also work to create a student exchange program once the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) conditions allow.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship under a U.S.-backed deal. The deal made the UAE the third Arab country to have formal diplomatic ties with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.
Since the U.S.-sponsored deal, the countries have signed a few agreements on technologies to fight the COVID-19. Several small-scale medical and defence collaborations were announced in the weeks preceding the normalisation deal.