Israel renews diplomatic ties with the Maldives, a Muslim country
- The State of Israel and the Republic of Maldives, the smallest Muslim country in the world, have resumed diplomatic relations after a freeze of 15 years, said Friday an official Israeli source.
- "Israel and the Republic of Maldives resumed full diplomatic relations," declared an Israeli official on condition of anonymity to AFP.
He said an agreement had been signed by the head of Israeli diplomacy Avigdor Lieberman and a senior official of the Maldives on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the UN in New York.
"The two countries have agreed to cooperate in particular in the fields of tourism, health and education," this official added.
Israel has diplomatic relations with several Muslim countries including Turkey. However, it currently has diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level with only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan.
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