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Israel, UAE & Bahrain sign historic deal, Trump says more want to join

Sep 16, 2020 10:41 IST
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The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel as part of the US brokered deal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. President Trump and the three countries called the deal historic. The deals, which have been denounced by the Palestinians, make them the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps toward normalizing relations since Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu also called the Abraham Accord a ‘historic’ peace deal and thanked United States President Donald Trump for ‘unequivocally’ standing by Israel’s side. The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of Israel’s already thawing relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in line with their common opposition to Iran. The agreements, however, do not address the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the UAE, Bahrain and other Arab countries support the Palestinians, the Trump administration has persuaded them not to let that conflict keep them from having normal relations with Israel. Watch the full video for all the details.

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