Ministers of Energy for Greece, Cyprus and Israel (L-R) Yannis Maniatis, Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and Silvan Shalom attend the signing of a memorandum of understanding in Nicosia, Cyprus Thursday August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Andreas Manolis.
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Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom attended a meeting Saturday of the International Renewable Energy Agency in the United Arab Emirates, which has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.However, this is the first time member Israel has sent a minister to an IRENA meeting since the organisation, whose permanent seat is in Abu Dhabi, was founded in 2009 .The UAE hosted an Israeli delegation for the first time in 2003 for a meeting of the International Monetary Fund.Israel's relations with the UAE have been clouded by the January 2010 death in a Dubai hotel of Hamas military commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh in what investigators believe was an assassination by Israel's Mossad spy agency.
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