UAE-Israel normalization of ties will bring broader peace in ME: US envoy

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John Rakolta, the US ambassador to the UAE
John Rakolta, the US ambassador to the UAE

ABU DHABI —The normalization of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a bold step that will bring broader peace in the Middle East, a top US diplomat told Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Friday.

"Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has taken a bold step toward securing broader peace in the Middle East for generations to come," said John Rakolta, the US ambassador to the UAE.

In establishing relations with Israel, Sheikh Mohamed has shown once again that the UAE is a leader in the region, becoming the first country of the Gulf Cooperation Council to recognize the benefits that normalization will bring to the nation and to its citizens, he pointed out.

"We look forward to increased cooperation between the UAE and Israel, as two of the most advanced nations in the region work together on issues as critical as healthcare, food security, and trade," Rakolta said.

"The United States is proud of its two great friends — the United Arab Emirates and Israel — and we applaud their vision and leadership in advancing regional peace now and in the future," the ambassador added.

President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on Thursday and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE.

This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region, said a joint statement.

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. — WAM


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