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UAE, Israel to sign Abraham Accord at White House shortly – News

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The signing ceremony will be presided by US President Donald Trump.

The UAE and Israel will sign a historic peace deal, also known as the Abraham Accord, at the White House tonight.

The UAE delegation led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has arrived at the White House to sign the US-brokered accord.

“Peace is something we should do with a lot of excitement and hope. Today is one of those days. The UAE is so delighted and privileged in playing the role for peace, not only for us, but for the whole region,” Sheikh Abdullah said in a video tweet.

Before heading to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, “On my way to make peace for peace, peace from strength.” The prime minister added that is an “exciting and historic day for Israel”.

The signing ceremony will be presided by US President Donald Trump, who earlier hailed the deal as “a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East”.

The US-brokered deal will see the UAE and Israel normalise ties with the latter suspending annexation of Palestinian territories.

According to a joint statement released by the two countries about the Abraham Accord, the UAE and Israel will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and will sign bilateral agreements on investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment and other areas of mutual benefit.

“This is a unique moment in our history and charts a new course forward of opportunity, hope, and prosperity for our region and for the youth who are looking for a message and symbolism that change is possible when wisdom and leadership prevail,” said Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE Permanent Representative to the UN.

“That is the message my country brings to the United States today, and in my work in the United Nations I will build on that message of opportunity and hope that peace in the Middle East is possible,” she tweeted.


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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