President Trump along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Arab Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed—Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates—agreed on Thursday, Aug. 13, to a historic peace agreement.

At a press conference from the Oval Office, President Trump announced the good news, “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas including tourism, education, health care, trade and security.” As witnessed and reported by various media outlets such as ABCNews.

The White House press release highlighted the event as a historic diplomatic breakthrough that will promote peace in the Middle East region. It is the product of bold diplomacy and the vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new course that will unlock the great potential in the region. It was also noted that the three countries face many common challenges and will benefit mutually from today’s historic achievement.

President Trump also posted a copy of the peace declaration on his Twitter account, “Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.”

President Trump served as a negotiator between the parties involved in the conflict, creating a dialogue table that will allow delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates to meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements in the areas of investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, health, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies and other areas of mutual benefit, as can be read in the statement.

The opening of direct links between two of the most dynamic societies in the Middle East and the advanced economies will transform the region by stimulating economic growth, enhancing technological innovation and forging closer relations between people, the statement reads.

The president said the action would be known as the “Abraham Agreement,” named after the “father of the three great religions.” 

“No one better symbolizes the potential for unity of these three great religions,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said on Thursday from the Oval Office.

President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who participated in the brokerage effort, told the conference, “You can’t solve problems that have gone unsolved the way people have done before you and failed.” He also added that President Trump “tries to unite people focusing on common interest as opposed to common grievances. (…) We were able to achieve results others could not achieve,” Kushner said. “This will advance the region and advance the world.”

Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, tweeted shortly after the agreement was announced, saying, “A great day for peace! Israel commends the courage of MBZ for the historic decision of the UAE to join Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) in making peace with Israel. Israel deeply appreciates all. Trump has done to make this breakthrough possible. More to come!”

The agreement makes the United Arab Emirates the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties with Israel. The other two are Egypt and Jordan. This pact truly shines a light of clarity and optimism on the dark history of war and death in the Middle East.

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