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Pompeo hails historic Abraham Agreements between Israel, UAE

Jerusalem, Nov 18 (efe-epa).- The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the Abraham Agreements, signed by Israel with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and mediated by the White House, for bringing peace to the region and weakening Iran.

Pompeo participated in a trilateral meeting held in Jerusalem, with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Bahraini Foreign Minister, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The three were meeting in the wake of the historic agreements signed in September between the UAE and Bahrain to normalize diplomatic ties with Israel. Sudan has since joined the initiative by establishing relations with Israel.

Pompeo said the Abraham Agreements “tell malign actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is waning and that they are ever more isolated, and this shall forever be until they change their direction.”

For his part, Netanyahu stated: “I have had many contacts over the years but, frankly, this day would not have happened, these Abraham Agreements would not have been signed, without the crucial support and leadership” of US President Donald Trump.

“Three agreements in six weeks,” Netanyahu remarked at the joint press conference.

Al Zayani, who was optimistic about extending peace to the rest of the Middle East, said that to achieve it “the Palestinian-Israeli conflict must be resolved” and called for a return to the negotiations suspended since 2014.

“I call on both parties to come to the negotiating table to achieve a viable two-state solution, to which the international community also aspires,” he said.

Pompeo referred to the economic possibilities and trade opportunities offered by Israel’s agreements with Bahrain and the UAE.

The agreements “also set down a marker – a marker for the future of the Middle East.  The Abraham Accords declare a common vision for “peace, security, and prosperity in the Middle East and [all] around the world,” Pompeo said.

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