Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “welcomes” the signing of the Abrahamic Agreements, which begin normalizing relations between the United States and two Gulf states in a deal led by the Trump administration.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the former vice president praised the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after joining President Trump in signing historic agreements.
“I welcome the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to take steps to normalize relations with Israel. “It’s good to see how other people in the Middle East recognize Israel and even welcome it as a partner,” Biden said.
The hope for a Democratic president has promised that if elected, his administration will “build on”
“The Biden-Harris administration will build on these steps, challenge other countries to keep up and work to increase these growing links to progress towards a two-state solution and a more stable, peaceful region,” the statement said.
On Tuesday, Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with UAE and Bahrain foreign ministers, on the southern plain of the White House to reaffirm his recent recognition of Israeli statehood.
Bahrain and the UAE are the third and fourth Arab states to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct trade flights between Israel and the UAE.
Documents signed at the event, signed by a Trump witness, oblige Israel, the UAE and Bahrain to exchange ambassadors and open embassies.
However, they do not address many of the major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such as the final status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Speaking to reporters and others at the event, Trump said the countries “will work together as partners in a wide range of sectors, from tourism to trade and healthcare to security, working together.” They are friends. “
The Trump administration’s efforts for Middle Eastern peace have been led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday night, he noted the deal: “The unification of the Arab countries with Israel, we hope, is the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a huge psychological barrier. “