Pompeo discussed with Netanyahu an agreement with the UAE

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The U.S. will help ensure the security of the UAE while maintaining Israel’s military advantage in the region. This was stated by the head of the U.S. State Department, Mike Pompeo after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on August 24.

“We are studying the possibility of providing the Emirates with military assistance for protection from Iran, but intend to do so while maintaining the qualitative advantage of Israel,” Pompeo said.

The day before the State Department press service announced that Pompeo will visit Israel, Sudan, Bahrain and UAE on August 23-28. The trip will be part of U.S. efforts to engage additional Muslim countries in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel after the agreement on normalizing relations with Abu Dhabi.

Earlier, on August 13, Israel agreed to normalize relations with the UAE. The signing of the joint agreement was expected to take place in Washington, D.C., within the next three weeks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Egypt, Bahrain and Oman for supporting the agreement.

Against the backdrop of these agreements, Palestine recalled its ambassador to the UAE, considering this step as aggression against its people and disregard for their rights and sacred places. The Turkish Foreign Ministry called the hypocritical decision of Abu Dhabi to go to an agreement with Israel.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the refusal to extend Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank is an important element of new agreements between Israel and the UAE.