Peace, pandemic and politics: Our top 20 of 2020
December 31, 2020 – Ynet News
Read the latest news, press and other updates about
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States of America (USA).
On September 15, 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived at the White House to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Following the ceremony, Yousef Al Otaiba’s long-time efforts came to fruition in the historic signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington, DC.
The Ambassador’s exclusive op-ed for Ynetnews details the agreement and corresponding plans to build a peaceful and prosperous future in the Middle East.
December 31, 2020 – Ynet News
December 24, 2020 – WAM
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) virtually hosted Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Avi Berkowitz, Assistant to the US President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, to discuss the benefits of the Abraham Accords.
December 13, 2020 – The Jerusalem Post
In light of the Abraham Accords, Ambassador Al Otaiba participated in a virtual Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony hosted by the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, appear on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the UAE-Israel Abraham Accords.
Spotlighting the Abraham Accords, The Jerusalem Post recounts Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s dedicated journey to develop warmer ties between the two countries.
Yousef Al Otaiba is recognized as the “peace entrepreneur” for his heavy influence in establishing the historic UAE-Israel normalization agreement. Publishing an unprecedented op-ed on Israel’s planned annexation, his commitment to UAE-Israel relations has been the driving force behind normalizing diplomatic ties between both regions.
On August 3rd, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba recognized the startup of Unit 1 at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant as a major milestone for the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program. Spotlighting the historic US-UAE 123 agreement, he reflected on the UAE’s unwavering commitment to nuclear safety and applauded all those who made this achievement possible.
The Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, discusses how the UAE is managing the coronavirus pandemic, along with lessons being learned for governance in the post-Covid19 Middle East; Iran; Yemen; Syria; Libya; Qatar; Israeli-Palensitinian issues and more.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joins The Hill for an interview to discuss how diplomacy has changed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In early March, the UAE announced that it had completed its project to load fuel into its new Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant. This accomplishment comes almost 10 years after the USA and UAE signed a bilateral agreement for nuclear cooperation.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver discuss how holding the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates shows progress in promoting inclusiveness and tolerance.
In 2019, Pope Francis became the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba explains why the UAE invited the Pope to visit Abu Dhabi and how interfaith and intercultural cooperation can help encourage tolerance and deter extremism.
The United Arab Emirates is leading the way in helping to build a more peaceful and prosperous world. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba provides insights on how the UAE has established itself as a model for positive change in the region.
The UAE is part of a UN-mandated coalition against terrorism in Yemen. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba describes how the UAE and its partners have fought against al-Qaeda in Yemen and throughout the Arabian Peninsula.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba recently met with Secretary
of State Mike Pompeo to deliver a letter from UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on how the US and the UAE can work together in response
to the novel coronavirus.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba released a statement
in support of ongoing efforts by the US to help reach
a peace agreement between Palestine and Israel.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba joined a delegation from
the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) who met
with US officials to discuss the UAE’s ongoing development
of a peaceful nuclear energy program.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba offers a statement in response to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid by US Armed Forces and support for ongoing efforts to fight extremism in the Middle East.
The UAE Embassy hosted an interfaith Iftar led by UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba and attended by more than 150 religious, government, and community leaders.