But Mark, beyond the formalization of a normal relationship between the two countries, what does this agreement do? And what did both parties receive and give up? Convinced that the development of friendly relations is in line with the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and that challenges can only be effectively resolved through cooperation and not through conflict; It seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, because Netanyahu is at least publicly pushing for the annexation of the West Bank – perhaps he was secretly grateful to have the opportunity to do so. The government of the Libyan national agreement condemned the agreement as an «unsurprising betrayal of the United Arab Emirates.» [95] Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Haidar Sadig was fired for making comments of himself calling the agreement a «courageous and courageous gesture,» while claiming that there were secret contacts between Sudan and Israel. [96] Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told Pompeo on 25 August that his transitional government had «no mandate» to establish relations with Israel and that this could not be decided until after the election of a democratic government. [97] So, with Otaiba`s agreement, one of the guests slipped to the table and went around the restaurant, introduced himself to the Prime Minister and said, when you finished dinner, why not come and say hello to Yousef Otaiba and his guests? And Netanyahu said he would. On 16 August 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates opened direct telephone services. [15] The emigrating company APEX National Investment and the Israeli group Tera have signed an agreement on partners in research on COVID-19, making it the first commercial contract between the companies of the two countries since the normalization of relations. [137] Mossad Director Yossi Cohen arrived in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August to discuss security policy cooperation, regional developments and issues with national security advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan with National Security Adviser Tayoun al-Zayed Al Nahyan. It was the first visit by an Israeli official since the agreement was announced. [138] The United Arab Emirates officially ended its boycott of Israel on 29 August. [139] Abu DhabiS Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, said his price for the agreement was Israel`s approval to end the annexation of much of the West Bank.