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Irena summit draws unlikely visitors

The sight of an official Israeli delegation at a high-profile event in the Gulf is still one of the more unusual elements of an International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) conference. Israel voted for Abu Dhabi as the home of the intergovernmental body in 2009, in large part so it would have an excuse to establish a permanent diplomatic base in the region.The Israeli office is led by Rami Hatan, formerly a director of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ world religions department.

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