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Israeli Partner Communications in Talks With Etisalat on Roaming

Partner Communications is in advanced talks with the UAE’s Etisalat on an agreement to provide roaming services for each other’s customers, a spokesperson for the Israeli mobile operator said. israeli uae roaming

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Emirates Telecommunications Corp., the United Arab Emirates’ biggest telephone company known as Etisalat, would provide roaming services for Partner customers traveling in the UAE, they said. The partner would provide services for Etisalat customers traveling in Israel.

The discussions follow last week’s announcement that the two countries plan to normalize relations.

There was no immediate comment from Etisalat. israeli uae roaming

Israir Airlines Ltd. has started the process of applying for a landing permit in the UAE, Chief Executive Officer Uri Sirkis said on Sunday. While the communications arena was being cracked open, UAE-based APEX National Investment agreed to conduct research on the coronavirus with Israel’s TeraGroup. Even before the diplomatic breakthrough, there were preliminary ties with Israeli hospitals to fight the outbreak.

In a lighter vein, a popular Israeli singer said he is in negotiations to appear in the UAE. Several months ago Omer Adam sent UAE leaders a video greeting thanking them for supporting the small Jewish community in the emirates, his spokesman said.

The agreement reverberated through the Middle East stock markets, which advanced on the first day of trading since its announcement. Israel’s TA-35 gained as much as 2%, while the main indexes in Dubai and another UAE sheikhdom, Abu Dhabi, rose 1.3% and 0.6%, respectively. Peers in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar were also up.

The Times of Israel reported on Saturday that the chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency spoke by phone recently with Bahrain’s prime minister, and a reporter for Israel’s Arabic-language news service tweeted that the two may meet soon to pave the way to signing a peace agreement. The Israeli prime minister’s office declined to comment on a possible meeting, and Bahrain denied such a phone call took place.

 

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