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Israel and United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal.

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On Thursday, Israel and United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal that will see the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations. The agreement was brokered by President of the United States, Donald Trump.

A joint statement by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed said that this ‘historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East.’ Israel will stop its annexation of large parts of land in West Bank. Also in the agreement, Muslims will be able to fly from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv to be able to access the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old city of Jerusalem.

UAE is the only country in the Gulf Arab region to now have diplomatic relations with Israel. Officials have described this agreement as the ‘Abraham Accords’, as it is considered the first of its kind, since Israel and Jordan managed to agree on a peace treaty in 1994. This is the third Israel-Arab peace treaty since Israel’s independence in 1948.

In the coming weeks, delegations from both Israel and UAE are expected to meet to sign bilateral agreements regarding security, tourism, investment, direct flights and other issues. The countries are also expecting to exchange ambassadors and embassies.

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