Dawn of the new Middle East: Trump

By The SATimes News Service

Washington: 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 Accord, which is the first Arab-Israeli peace deal 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,” 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 bilateral agreements with Israel  do not mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Egypt was the first Arab State to sign a peace deal with Israel in 1979. Jordon 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.

“Now Muslims around the world can visit the historic sites in Israel and to peacefully pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam,” Trump said, amidst cheer from 200 invited guests.

Netanyahu described the accord as a “pivot of history”. “For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace. For decades, the Jewish state has prayed for peace and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude,” he said.

UAE’s Zayed said they are witnessing a change in the Middle-East, one that gives hope around the world.

Trump, seeking re-election this November is hoping that the two major diplomatic deals would help him in the polls.

Image courtesy of (Official White House Photo)

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