HISTORIC: Israel and the UAE reach peace agreement and normalise relations
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a US-brokered agreement to normalize relations, a joint statement said on Thursday.
Under the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend its attempts to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, senior White House officials told Reuters.
Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto ruler of the UAE, tweeted: “During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.”
During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories. The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 13, 2020
“The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperate and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship,” he added.
HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
In a joint statement, Israel, the UAE, and the US said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Zayed, and US President Donald Trump had “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” the statement said.
Netanyahu described it as “a historic day” and announced he would make a televised statement at 8pm Jerusalem time.
אמסור הצהרה מיוחדת בשעה 20:00 עם עוד פרטים על יום היסטורי למדינת ישראל 🇮🇱
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2020
The UAE becomes the third Arab country to reach a peace agreement with Israel, after Jordan and Egypt in 1994 and 1979 respectively. The pact is called the Abraham Agreement.
Israeli and Emirati delegations are set to meet in upcoming days to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, and other issues, the statement said.
The two countries are also set to exchange ambassadors and embassies.
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