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U.S. facilitates a historic treaty between Israel and UAE

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to a “full normalization” of relations, which includes re-establishing diplomatic ties.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of the region,” said a joint statement by the United States, the UAE and Israel released by the White House.

“This is a truly historic moment,” Trump said in the Oval office. “Not since the Jordan-Israel peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago that so much progress has been made towards peace in the Middle East”.

The UAE and Israel will sign an agreement at the White House in the near future and will follow that up with other agreements over the next few weeks by setting up embassies reciprocally and on investments, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, healthcare and culture.

Trump added that now that the “ice has been broken”, he expects other Muslim and Arab countries to follow in the footsteps of the UAE.

As a result of the joint statement, Israel will halt the annexation of Palestinian islands, saying that they will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined” in the President’s Vision for Peace unveiled earlier, and instead focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.

What’s the reaction?

This treaty has been met with disaffection among Palestinian groups, who call it a “stab in the back”. The Fatah Movement said that by openly forming ties with Israel, the UAE is "flouting its national, religious and humanitarian duties" toward the Palestinian cause.

Reporter: Pranav Govil

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