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Israel and the United Arab Emirates to sign normalization agreement at the White House next week

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to formally sign the Aug. 13 normalization agreement—named the “Abraham Accord”—at the White House on Sept. 15.

‘’PM Netanyahu will participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,’’ said a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

“I am proud to leave for Washington next week at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump will attend the ceremony. The senior Emirati delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed.

It will mark the first public meeting between an Israeli Prime Minister and an Emirati minister, and the first White House peace-accord signing since the one between Israel and Jordan in 1994.

The upcoming signing would follow the U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalize diplomatic relations. Under the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). Samaria.

Israeli and Emirati delegations have been meeting to work on bilateral agreements on security, technology, health care, culture, energy and the environment. Flights, telecommunications, banking and finance between Israel and the UAE are already underway.

Additionally, Israel and the UAE agreed to accelerate the development and treatment of a vaccine for COVID-19.

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly planning to send its first official delegation to Israel on September 22.  It  would come on the heels of the recent trip to the UAE by top US and Israeli officials aboard an EL Al flight.   

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