Israel and UAE will sign peace agreement next Tuesday at White House

September 9, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will sign a historic peace agreement at the White House on Tuesday, the first agreement to be signed between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.

Celebrating the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. (Eitan Elhadez-Barak/TPS)

“I am proud to leave for Washington next week at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated.

Director of Strategic Communications at the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hend Al Otaiba stated that the Crown Prince’s brother Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan will lead a delegation of senior UAE officials to Washington, to participate in the signing ceremony for the peace accord with Israel.

“It will be a momentous occasion in the histories of our two countries and the region,” she stated.

The two countries, as part of the Abraham Accords, have committed to the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, and to begin cooperation in a broad range of fields including education, healthcare, trade, and security.

An Israeli delegation has already made a historic visit to Abu Dhabi with the first official direct flight from Tel Aviv to the UAE, during which the countries discussed the development and implementation of the Abraham Accords and during which the two sides signed their first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in the fields of banking and finance.

The UAE is the first major Arab state to recognize Israel since the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty was signed in October 1994.

Announced on August 13, the Abraham Accords is the first between a Gulf state and Israel and is expected to lead to similar agreements with other Arab countries, possibly Bahrain, Oman or Saudi Arabia.

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