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FM Abdullah bin Zayed arrives in Washington to sign US-brokered UAE-Israel peace deal

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UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed arrived in Washington on Sunday, leading the delegation to the signing ceremony of the UAE-Israel peace deal hosted by US President Donald Trump.

The signing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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“The high level delegation comprises Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ali Said Matar Al Neyadi, Commissioner of Customs and Chairman of the Federal Customs Authority, Yousef Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States of America, Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs, Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and Hend Al-Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, along with a number of officials,” the UAE’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

As part of the US-brokered peace deal, announced at the White House on August 13 following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.

The UAE also abolished on August 29 a previous law that mandated an economic boycott of Israel.

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