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Israel cancels participation in UAE defence expo, citing air travel curbs

Dozens of Israeli defence firms had been due to take part in the IDEX conference in Abu Dhabi on Feb 21-25 - a first for both countries, which last September established formal relations

Reuters , Monday 15 Feb 2021
Emirati and Israeli flags
File Photo: Emirati and Israeli flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates taken on August 31, 2020. REUTERS
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Israel has cancelled its planned participation in a major defence expo in the United Arab Emirates next week due to COVID-19 curbs on air travel, Israeli officials said on Monday.

Dozens of Israeli defence firms had been due to take part in the IDEX conference in Abu Dhabi on Feb 21-25 - a first for both countries, which last September established formal relations.

But officials from Israel's Defence Ministry and Regional Cooperation Ministry said the plan was cancelled. They cited Israel's Jan. 26 ban on international air travel, which is still in force as it tries to reverse a surge in COVID-19 contagion.

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