Israel & United Arab Emirates sign historic Abraham Accord in White House

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday signed the historic normalization agreement, known as the Abraham Accord in Washington DC.

The ceremony comes weeks after the two countries agreed to normalise relations in the first such agreement between an Arab country and Israel in over 20 years. 

The UAE is now the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to formally normalize its relationship with Israel as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so.

As part of the agreement, Israel agreed to the suspension of its plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and US President Donald Trump took part in the signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.
The Abraham Accord will strengthen ties between the Emirates and Israel.

Bahrain has also agreed to normalise ties with Israel, in a decision announced earlier this month, and will sign its own peace accord.

Bahrain and the UAE have not fought wars with the Israel, unlike Egypt and Jordan which signed peace treaties with Israel in 1979 and 1994, respectively.

The US announced the Abraham Accord between the UAE and Israel in mid-August.

The agreement came in a joint call between the Israeli Prime Minister, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the US President.
The first commercial flight between the UAE and Israel took place last month as the two countries looked to open up their tourism sectors.

On that flight was a high-level US-Israeli delegation led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

During the signing at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said five additional countries are about to join Bahrain and the UAE. 

As diplomats from Oman and Sudan attended the ceremony at the White House, speculations arose that they could be next.

The agreement is called the Abraham Accord in honor of Abraham, the patriarch of the three major Abrahamic religions of the world—Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

You can read the full Abraham Accords and normalization agreements here:

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