Trump brokers another peace deal in Middle East, Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel

By: PTI | Washington |

September 12, 2020 10:40:33 am

US president Donald Trump. (File)

US President Donald Trump on Friday brokered another peace deal in the Middle East with Bahrain asserting that it could normalise diplomatic ties with Israel.

The announcement by Trump after he hosted a historic name between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain got here a month after he had mediated between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to do the identical.

Leaders of the UAE and Israel are scheduled to signal an settlement in this regard on the White House subsequent week.

In the spirit of peace and cooperation, Netanyahu and Al Khalifa agreed that Bahrain will totally normalise its diplomatic relations with Israel, Trump advised reporters in the Oval Office of the White House.

They will alternate embassies and ambassadors, start direct flights between their international locations, and launch cooperation initiatives throughout a broad vary of sectors, together with well being, enterprise, expertise, training, safety, and agriculture. “This is a truly historic day,” he mentioned.

Observing that there have been two peace agreements with Israel in the final 72 years, Trump mentioned that that is now the second peace settlement that he has introduced in the final month. “And I am very hopeful that there will be more to follow,” he mentioned, including that there’s large enthusiasm on behalf of different international locations to additionally be part of.

“And we think, ultimately, you’ll have most countries join, and you’re going to have the Palestinians in a very good position. They want to come in — they’re going to want to come in because all of their friends are in. But we have tremendous enthusiasm for coming into the deal,” he mentioned.

“As more countries normalise relations with Israel — which will happen quite quickly, we believe — the region will become more and more stable, secure, and prosperous,” Trump mentioned.

Trump’s particular advisor and son-in-law Jarred Kushner performed a key position in securing each the agreements in the Middle East, which is predicted to play an vital position having an enduring peace in the area.

“What President Trump has done here is unthinkable. He’s brought people in the Middle East together. There’s been these barriers that have existed that have led to so much instability, so much war, so much loss, so much hopelessness. And we’re seeing so much hopefulness now coming,” he advised reporters in the Oval Office of the White House.

The US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, mentioned that Trump’s coverage of “peace through strength” has modified the world profoundly for the higher.

Later in a convention name with reporters, Kushner mentioned that this deal will carry these international locations nearer collectively. It took Israel 72 years to type the primary two peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt. “And then, in the final 29 days, we now have two extra peace agreements, which reveals that the area is admittedly altering,? he mentioned.

About two weeks in the past, he took the primary business flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. That flight flew over Saudi Arabia’s airspace, which they waived after 72 years. And they mentioned that different business flights can take that route as properly. The UAE simply eliminated their 48-year boycott of Israel, he famous.

Referring to the 2 back-to-back agreements, Kushner described this as the start of a brand new Middle East. Trump has actually secured alliances and companions in attempting to pursue that, he added.

Kushner introduced that Bahrain shall be sending its overseas minister for the signing of the settlement between the UAE and Israel on the White House subsequent week.

Describing this as a historic settlement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned that because the President has saved the promise that he laid out in the beginning of this Administration that he would strengthen America’s friendships and construct new partnerships in pursuit of peace.

“The two peace agreements open new possibilities for peace and prosperity. From my recent travels to the region, there is clear momentum for a new Middle East. I thank King Hamad and Prime Minister Netanyahu for having the courage to change the fate of nations,” he mentioned.

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