UAE and Israel agree to normalise relations

13 August 2020
Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over Palestinian areas outlined in US President Donald Trump’s Vision for Peace

The UAE and Israel have agreed to the full normalisation of relations and Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over Palestinian areas outlined in US President Donald Trump’s Vision for Peace presented in January this year.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement on 13 August after talks between Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The normalisation of relations between the UAE and Israel will mean wide-ranging cooperation.

“Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit," the joint statement said.

"Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East's most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.”

For sovereignty claims involving Israel and Palestine, there will be future dialogue.

“The parties will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As set forth in the Vision for Peace, all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths,” the statement added.

The UAE and Israel will also work together to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish and Christian lives throughout the region,” the statement said.

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