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Israel, UAE and Bahrain sign Abraham Accords; Trump says “dawn of new Middle East”

Abraham Accords

The president of the United States Donald Trump hosted Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for signing of the historic Abraham Accords. The agreement is the first Arab-Israel peace pact in 26 years.

“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,” President Trump said before signing the Abraham Accords in the White House.

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The Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed was representing UAE while Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani represented Bahrain. The Abraham Accords are bilateral agreements with the Jewish state and it does not mention the Palestine-Israel conflict.

“Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries we take a major stride towards a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity,” President Trump said.

Furthermore, the US President also pointed out that this is the only peace deal among Israel and Arab countries in more than a quarter of a century, before that the first peace deal was signed by Egypt in 1979 and later Jordan made a peace deal with Israel in 1994.

“Now we have achieved two in a single month and there are more to follow,” Trump said.

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According to the agreement, the Bahrain and UAE authority will be establishing embassies and exchange representatives, both states will work with Israel on different sectors which includes healthcare, security and tourism.

“They are friends. The Abraham Accords also open the door for Muslims around the world to visit the historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam,” Trump said.

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