by: Kate Norman
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 | The historic normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will be signed into an official agreement in Washington DC on Tuesday, a senior White House official told the Times of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel with an Israeli delegation to meet with an Emirati delegation led by Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayad, brother of Emirati Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, US officials told the Times of Israel on condition of anonymity.
“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,” Netanyahu confirmed in a statement.
An official from the Emirati Foreign Ministry also confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayad will be traveling to DC to sign the peace accord with Israel.
“It will be a momentous occasion in the histories of our two countries & the region,” Director of Communications Hend Al Otaiba tweeted.
The US-brokered landmark peace between the Jewish state and the Arab Gulf state was announced last month. Weeks after, high-level Israeli and American officials made history when they departed Ben Gurion airport in the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the UAE—traveling over Saudi airspace for the first time.
The delegations—led by White House Special Adviser Jared Kushner, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and other top diplomats—met with their Emirati counterparts in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
The skies have opened and Israeli airlines have prepared for direct flights and tourism between the nations. Direct telephone lines, which once were blocked, have opened, allowing Israeli and Emirati businesspeople, politicians and friendly citizens to talk, build relationships and get to know each other.
Now, the historic Abraham Accord, the agreement of peace between Israel and the third Arab state following Egypt and Jordan, is being signed and made official, sealing the blossoming friendship between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.
Posted on September 9, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 9, 2020)
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