Israel to discuss economics, trade, culture, flights in UAE

Israeli PM says he invited delegation from UAE to visit Israel, will welcome them with red carpet.

DUBAI - Israel and the United Arab Emirates will discuss economic, scientific, trade and cultural cooperation during a visit starting Monday.

Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the UAE on a historic flight from Tel Aviv on Monday to finalise a pact marking open relations between the Gulf power and Israel.

Direct flights between the two countries will also be on the agenda, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman told al Arabiya television after landing in the capital Abu Dhabi. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he invited a delegation from the UAE to visit Israel.

The invitation, Netanyahu said, was extended by his national security adviser, who is heading a group of senior Israeli officials now in Abu Dhabi.

"We will welcome them with a red carpet, like they welcomed us," Netanyahu said during a news conference.