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Sisi Welcomes UAE-Israel Deal, Halt to Annexation

Sisi Welcomes UAE-Israel Deal, Halt to Annexation

Thursday, 13 August, 2020 - 17:15
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Reuters file photo

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomed on Thursday an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on normalizing ties that includes an Israeli agreement to halt further annexation of Palestinian lands.


"I followed with interest and appreciation the joint statement between the United States, United Arab Emirates and Israel to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and taking steps to bring peace in the Middle East," Sisi said on Twitter.


"I value the efforts of those in charge of the deal to achieve prosperity and stability for our region."


The joint statement said delegations would meet in the coming weeks to sign deals on direct flights, security, telecommunications, energy, tourism and health care.


The UAE and Israel will also partner on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.


“Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East's most dynamic societies and advanced economics will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation and forging closer people-to-people relations,” said the statement.


“As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”


“The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal,” it added.


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