UAE FM reaffirms support for Palestine during meeting with US Secretary Pompeo

Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan speaks to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a photo opportunity at the State Department in Washington, DC, US September 16, 2020. (Reuters)

The newly signed UAE-Israel peace deal will advance regional peace and stability by halting Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, the Emirati foreign minister told the US secretary of state in a meeting, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.

The UAE announced last month that it would normalize ties with Israel under the new the Abraham Accord, and Bahrain followed suit last week with its own deal with Israel. The US-brokered peace deals were signed in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a meeting discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and the US, “reaffirming a shared commitment to cooperate on efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, promote peace and security in the Arabian Gulf, counter extremism and deter threats to regional stability.”

With the deal signed, the UAE foreign minister also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the Palestinian people.

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Pompeo praised “monumental accomplishment of the Abraham Accords” during the meeting.

The officials also discussed the need to work to “continue countering Iran’s malign influence in the region,” a statement from Pompeo’s office said.

Sheikh Abdullah also spoke about the importance of UAE-American bilateral ties during the meeting, noting that the UAE is the largest export market for US goods and services in the Middle East, WAM reported.

Tuesday’s deal means that four Arab states now recognize Israel after Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties in 1979 and 1994.

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