The UAE and Israel signed a historic agreement to normalize relations yesterday, at the White House. A diplomatic breakthrough, that the UAE and US said is a sign that peace and progress in the Middle East is possible. It marked the first such agreement between an Arab country and Israel in over a quarter of a century. Bahrain also signed a similar accord and peace agreement with Israel.
US President Donald Trump, welcomed Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Trump is presiding over the signing of historic accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
President Trump walked to the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
At the start of the ceremony Trump stated “We are here this afternoon to change the course of history, after decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East, thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these countries”.
UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said “Today we are already witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, a change that will send hope around the world”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “The blessings of peace we make today will be enormous. First because the peace will eventually expand to include other Arab States, and ultimately, it will end the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all”.
The UAE and Israel are expected to collaborate on several shared interests, including tourism, energy and technology.
Source: Gulf News