In another sign of warming relations with Arab states, Israel announced it will participate in the 2020 World Expo taking place in the United Arab Emirates next year, the Foreign Ministry said.
“We have invited every country in the world without exception,” organizers in Dubai said. “For more than 170 years, World Expos have been apolitical events focused on furthering humanity for the common good through innovation, cultural exchange, creativity and collaboration. We are proud to continue that tradition.”
Since the founding of Israel in 1948, Arabs states have refused to let Israel take part in international events in their nations. But as we have reported, the tide is slowly turning. The Israeli anthem was played for the first time ever in Abu Dhabi last year when an Israeli won a gold medal in an international judo competition.
The World Expo participation is “another expression of Israel’s rising status in the world and the region,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt praised the UAE for continuing “to welcome & include all.”
“Thank you to our great friend and ally #UAE for this continued momentum,” he said on Twitter.
Breaking news from #Israel today that they'll join 189 other countries in Dubai for the #Expo2020. UAE continues to welcome & include all. Thank you to our great friend and ally #UAE for this continued momentum. https://t.co/86zsHIK0D5 — Jason D. Greenblatt (@jdgreenblatt45) April 25, 2019
The World Expo will allow countries to feature their culture, technology and aspirations for the future. The upcoming event involves more than 190 nations.
“Expos are meeting places where people all over the world come together and take advantage of each other’s talents to face joint challenges and advance society,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement adding that this was an “opportunity to share our spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship and to present Israeli innovations and trailblazing technology in various fields such as water, medicine and information technology.”