Trump to preside over signing of historic Middle East deals at White House

Trump to preside over signing of historic Middle East deals at White House


President Trump will chair the signing of two historic agreements between Israel and the two Gulf states in the White House on Tuesday. This ceremony will enable Trump to improve his foreign policy credentials in seeking reelection.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will sign the agreement, marking the normalization of relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The agreement with the UAE was announced last month and the agreement with Bahrain on Friday. 700 guests are expected to attend the ceremony on the South Lawn.

“You’re going to have peace in the Middle East,” Trump said, adding that countries including Iran were “actually getting to a point where they’re going to want to make a deal. They won’t say that outwardly. They want to make a deal.”

In addition to bilateral agreements, Israel, Bahrain and the UAE are expected to sign trilateral documents. Together they are referred to as the “Abraham Agreement,” and Trump is expected to sign as a witness.

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These agreements have normalized everything from air travel to the establishment of embassies and security, and it is hoped that it can reach further agreements with Omar, Sudan, Morocco and other countries.

It is hoped that these transactions will usher in a new era in the region where Israel has long been a pariah, but less than two months before the US presidential election, this has given Trump a clear victory in foreign policy.

These transactions and the economic deal between Serbia and Kosovo sparked discussions about whether Trump would receive the Nobel Peace Prize – the president received two nominations for prestigious awards.

While critics point out that such agreements ignore the Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they hope that these agreements will be the start of a recovery in Arab-Israeli relations.

In a call with reporters on Friday, White House adviser Jared Kushner said it took 72 years in the past 29 days for Israel to negotiate the first two peace deals and two more peace deals. , Which shows that the area is changing.

He said, “We have seen the dawn of a new Middle East and the President has indeed received the support of allies and partners in the pursuit of this goal.”

At the same time, Iran is very irritated by these two transactions, calling them “dangerous” and “shameful”.

“.@realDonaldTrump desperately needed a campaign photo. His son-in-law blackmailed their regional clients into giving him one,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted. “The only problem: ‘Peace agreements’ being signed are NOT between foes but longstanding allies. What a diplomatic coup!”

At the same time, in Israel, where the agreement has been widely praised, there are concerns that these transactions could lead the United States to sell arms to the UAE and Bahrain, undermining Israel’s qualitative military advantage in the region.

Trump brushed off those concerns in the Fox News interview, saying he would have “no problem” with the UAE buying fighter jets.

“I would have no problem in selling them the F-35 … I view it as an asset, not a liability,” he said, while noting it would help jobs back in the U.S.

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