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Netanyahu Thanks Egypt, Oman, Bahrain for their 'Support' of UAE Deal

Netanyahu Thanks Egypt, Oman, Bahrain for their 'Support' of UAE Deal

Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 16:45
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday thanked the leaders of Egypt, Oman and Bahrain for their "support" of the agreement to normalize ties with the UAE.

Under the accord, which US President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu thanked Arab supporters of the normalization.

"I thank Egyptian President Sisi, and the governments of Oman and Bahrain, for their support of the historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which is expanding the circle of peace and will be good for the entire region," Netanyahu tweeted.

Israel has two official peace treaties with Arab states -- Egypt, since 1979, and Jordan, signed in 1994.

In a brief statement, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi praised the agreement, saying it was a step forward towards achieving peace in the Middle East.

Jordan did not reject or welcome the agreement, saying its future depends on what Israel does towards achieving “just peace” and “ending the occupation.”

Bahrain congratulated the UAE on the agreement, saying this “historic” step will help boost regional security and stability.

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