Israel, UAE reach historic deal to normalise relations, with US help

New Delhi (NVI): Israel and United Arab Emirates (UAE) today reached a historic deal to normalise ties after 49 years of conflict in relations, with the help of US President Donald Trump, who announced the diplomatic breakthrough.

While delivering a statement from the Oval Office in Washington, President Trump said, “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations.”

In a tweet, the White House said that President Trump, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed—Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAR — spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE.

After the historic ‘peace deal’, the White House in a joint statement said that the diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the 3 leaders and the courage of the UAE & Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the region’s great potential.

All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement, the White House said.

As per the agreement, the UAE and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. “Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region,” the joint statement read.

The joint statement after the peace deal read: “Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.”

“Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations,” it added.

-ARK