Washington: In a major breakthrough for peace in the Middle East, US President Donald Trump has brokered a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates for full normalisation of relations between the two countries.
Trump announced this through a joint statement from US, Israel and the UAE.
"President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE spoke today and agreed to full normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE," the statement said.
The breakthrough happened over a phone call between the three leaders.
The Prime Minister's Office of Israel released a brief statement that Prime Minister Netanyahu, from his office, spoke by telephone with the US President and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince.
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— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 13, 2020
"The historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region. All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today's historic achievement," the statement posted on Trump's Twitter account said.
Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oVyjLxf0jd
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
As part of the agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in President Trump's vision of peace and focus its efforts now on expanding its ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.
"After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalise their diplomatic relations -- This is a truly historic moment," Trump said.
Netanyahu said that a US-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates represented a "historic day" for his country. Reports say this is the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter: "The UAE and Israel's decision to normalise relations is hugely good news. It was my profound hope that annexation did not go ahead in the West Bank and today's agreement to suspend those plans is a welcome step on the road to a more peaceful Middle East."
The UAE and Israel’s decision to normalise relations is hugely good news. It was my profound hope that annexation did not go ahead in the West Bank and today’s agreement to suspend those plans is a welcome step on the road to a more peaceful Middle East.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 13, 2020
As per the agreement, the United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for coronavirus. "Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region," the statement said.
Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements on investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecom, energy, healthcare, culture, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.