Gulf, Arab states commend Bahrain-Israel agreement

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The United Arab Emirates and Egypt praised the “historic” deal announced Friday that would see Bahrain and Israel establish full diplomatic relations in Washington’s latest effort to bring Arab states closer to Tel Aviv.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hailed the “historic” normalization deal as an “important step aimed at consolidating stability and peace in the Middle East, which will achieve a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian cause.

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Sisi also thanked “all those who helped achieve this historic step.” Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace deal with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994, while the UAE announced it was normalizing ties on August 13.

Meanwhile, the UAE Foreign Ministry congratulated Bahrain and Israel on their decision.

“The move represents a significant step towards an era of security and prosperity ... (and) would expand the scope of economic, cultural, scientific, and diplomatic avenues of cooperation,” a statement from the ministry said.

Khalid al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s former foreign minister and adviser to the king, said Bahrain’s decision served the interests of the region’s “security, stability and prosperity.”

“It sends a positive and encouraging message to the people of Israel, that a just and comprehensive peace with the Palestinian people is the best path.”

Meanwhile, Qatar refrained from making an official statement on the US-brokered deal, but its media channels carried statements from Iran, Turkey, and Iran-backed Houthi militia denouncing the deal.

The former head of Qatar state-owned and funded Al Jazeera has also called for a blacklist of journalists, writers, and analysts who he says support the agreements to normalize ties with Israel, suggesting two Saudi Arabian and Emirati writers himself.

(With Agencies)

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