Donald Trump presided over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as he heralded a “new dawn” for the Middle East.
The US president on Tuesday hosted more than 700 guests on the White House’s South Lawn to witness the sealing of the agreements – dubbed the Abraham Accords after the patriarch of the world’s three major monotheistic religions – using the occasion to burnish his credentials as a peacemaker.
“They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews and Christians can live together, pray together and dream together, in harmony,” said the US president. “This is an incredible day for the world.”
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the UAE’s minister of foreign affairs, said: “We are witnessing today a new trend that will create a better path for the Middle East,” making sure in Arabic to reference a concession made by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, to delay the annexation of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank.