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Israel, Qatar Move Toward Aviation Pact

In a sign of warming relations, Israel and Qatar have signed a document laying the groundwork for an aviation agreement between the two countries.

The director general of Israel’s Civil Aviation Administration, Menachem Sharon, said after returning from talks this week in the Persian Gulf state that the first two commercial flights from Qatar were expected to land in Israel in the coming weeks.

As of Monday, the two countries were allowing humanitarian flights to land in each other’s airports.

Israel and Qatar do not have diplomatic ties, but they have established commercial contact.

A representative from Qatar, as well as one from Oman, attended Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in Jerusalem earlier this month.

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