Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Foreign Minister of Bahrain Abdel Latif Al-Zayani signed agreements on normalization of relations between the countries. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 15.
The signing took place at the White House in the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and invited guests.
One of the agreements implies that Israel will suspend the extension of its sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. This condition is spelled out in Washington’s plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The document was drafted in three versions – in English and Arabic, as well as in Hebrew. The English version was also signed by the American president.
In addition, all four signed four copies of the “Abraham Agreement”, designed to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel through the mediation of the United States.
“Now it is necessary to work actively and without delay to ensure durable peace and security, which deserve the people of our countries,” the head of the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said.
The Israeli prime minister, in turn, expressed confidence that the normalization of relations between the countries will end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The signing of the agreements Netanyahu called a turning point in history, which “heralds a new era of peace.
Trump also noted that the normalization deal “will serve as the basis for comprehensive peace in the entire region – something that was considered impossible. The exact text of the documents will be published later that day, writes The Guardian.
Before the ceremony, the American leader met in Netanyahu and handed him a symbolic “key to the White House,” which Trump called “the key to our country and to our hearts. In response, Netanyahu said the White House leader already had “the key to the hearts of the Jewish people.