The President of Israel Herzog asked his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates to use “all their diplomatic weight” for the release of hostages

The president of Israel, Isaac Herzog (Ilia Yefimovich/dpa) (Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/)

The president of Israel, Isaac Herzogmet this Thursday in Dubai with his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyanwhom he has urged to use “all his diplomatic weight” to facilitate the release of hostages held captive by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

For his part, the Emirati president has stressed the need to guarantee the entry of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the scene of a bloody military offensive with more than 15,000 dead as a consequence of the bombings by the Israeli Army in response to the Hamas attacks of October 7, which left nearly 1,200 dead and 240 hostages.

The Israeli president is visiting the Emirati city on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) and with the aim of holding meetings with international leaders to report the brutality of the Palestinian militia offensive.

“The purpose of these meetings is to clearly and profoundly reveal to world leaders the atrocities committed by the terrorist organization Hamas during the horrific October 7 massacre and to emphasize the essential security threat that led to Israel’s forced entry into the war,” highlights the Presidential Office.

Hours earlier it was reported that the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisidoes not participate in the COP28 being held in Dubai due to the presence of his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog.

“The President of Iran Ebrahim Raisí has ​​chosen not to participate in the COP28 summit being held in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) due to the presence of Israeli President Isaac Herzog at the conference,” Iran Nuances reported.

The Iranian president will also not send any representative of his government to the summit that began today, the Tasnim agency indicated.

Posters of hostages who were taken to Gaza (Europa Press/Contact/Chen Junqing)
Posters of hostages who were taken to Gaza (Europa Press/Contact/Chen Junqing) (Europa Press/Contact/Chen Junqi/)

At the same time, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hosein Amir Abdolahiancriticized Israel’s attendance at the summit in a telephone conversation with his Emirati counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“The presence of officials of the Israeli occupying regime at this conference deserves serious consideration due to the genocide and war crimes committed by the Zionists,” Abdolahian said in reference to Gaza, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and Israel are bitter enemiespose a mutual existential threat, compete for regional hegemony and maintain a covert war with cyberattacks, assassinations and sabotage.

Tehran welcomed the attack by its ally Hamas against Israel and has since repeatedly warned of the possibility that its allies will open other fronts if the bombing of Gaza does not stop.

(With information from EP and EFE)