Officials from the United Arab Emirates welcomed Bahrain and Israel’s agreement to establish diplomatic relations.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash said: “The rapid developments in the region are a clear sign that there is a need to review strategies that did not yield fruit.”
There was also a need to steer clear from the policy of siding with one camp against another, he said in a series of tweets.
“Even though we cannot turn back the hands of time, the new beginnings carry with them new opportunities that could pave the way for political solutions that boost security, stability and prosperity,” he remarked.
“I believe that building the future is not possible by replicating past experiences, especially since they have failed in achieving their goals,” Gargash said. “The strategic breakthrough is necessary to cross over from stagnation to positive movement. Reviewing the process does not necessarily mean changing the goals, but viewing them from a different angle.”
Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council Saqr Ghobash said Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with Israel is an important step that supports stability in the Middle East. The move paves the way for a new phase that will be marked with joint work and that opens up new horizons for international cooperation and boosts the peace, stability, security and prosperity of the peoples of the region.
Ghobash said the establishment of relations between Bahrain and Israel is in the interests of the security, stability and prosperity of the region. It will help in the development of the countries of the region, through economic, cultural and scientific cooperation, and sends a positive and encouraging message to other countries and peoples.
The UAE on Friday welcomed the decision by Bahrain and Israel to establish relations, which it said it hoped would have a positive effect on the climate for peace and cooperation in the region and around the world.
The UAE will on Sept. 15 normalize ties with Israel, which was announced last month. Bahrain and Israel will sign a declaration the same day.