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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”