Bahrain, UAE sign deals with Israel at historic White House ceremony

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Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed two separate peace deals brokered by US President Donald Trump to normalize relations with Israel at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump heralded a pair of historic agreements formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations in a ceremony on Tuesday on the White House South Lawn. — Courtesy photo
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed two separate peace deals brokered by US President Donald Trump to normalize relations with Israel at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump heralded a pair of historic agreements formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations in a ceremony on Tuesday on the White House South Lawn. — Courtesy photo



WASHINGTON — Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed two separate peace deals brokered by US President Donald Trump to normalize relations with Israel at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump heralded a pair of historic agreements formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations in a ceremony on Tuesday on the White House South Lawn.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE signed the accords — written Arabic, English and Hebrew — marking a major geopolitical shift in the Middle East and giving Trump a platform as peacemaker as he heads into the fall reelection campaign.

“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump said at the beginning of the ceremony. "Together these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region."

Netanyahu called the agreements "a pivot of history" that "heralds new dawn of peace." The foreign ministers from Bahrain and the UAE were similarly sweeping in their praise for the pacts.

"For too long, the Middle East has been set back by conflict and mistrust, causing untold destruction and thwarting the potential of generations of our best and brightest," said Abdullatif Al Zayani, Bahrain's foreign affairs minister. "Now, I'm convinced. We have the opportunity to change that."

Trump, who hosted the ceremony, said that at least five or six more countries are “very far down the road” on the way to normalizing relations with Israel.

Netanyahu called the agreement “a massive turning point in the history of Israel as well as the history of the Middle East” in a videotaped statement from Washington on Monday.

“It will have a huge a positive impact on all Israelis,” he said. “I promise you, from what I see here, that more countries are on the way.”

UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba said the ceremony “reflects a big win for diplomacy.”

“The possibilities, the stability, the prosperity that is going to be unleashed because of what we signed today is going to be good for our three countries and it’s going to be good for the region,” said Al Otaiba in a video posted by the UAE Embassy to the US. — Agencies


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