Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign Abraham Accord; Trump says 'dawn of new Middle East'

Washington: U.S President Donald Trump on Tuesday hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for the signing of the historic Abraham Accords, which is the first Arab-Israeli peace deal in 26 years.

"After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East," Trump said, moments before the accord was signed at the South Lawns of the White House.

The UAE was represented by Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain by Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. The Abraham Accords—essentially bilateral agreements with Israel—do not mention the Israeli-Palestinian 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," Trump said.

The president pointed out that these were the only two peace deals between Israel and the Arab States in more than a quarter of a century. Egypt was the first Arab state to sign a peace deal with Israel in 1979. Jordan signed a peace pact in 1994.

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

As per the agreements, the UAE and Bahrain will establish embassies, exchange ambassadors, cooperate and work together with Israel across a range of sectors, including tourism, trade, healthcare and security.

"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, amid applause and cheer from more than 200 invited guests.

Together, these agreements will serve as the foundation for comprehensive peace across the entire region, Trump said.
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