Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has “welcomed” the signing of the “Abraham Accords,” which begin the normalization of relations between the United States and two Gulf countries in an agreement led by the Trump administration.
In a statement released Tuesday, the former vice president praised the UAE and Bahrain after joining President Trump to sign the historic agreements.
“I welcome the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as they take steps to normalize ties with Israel. It’s nice to see others in the Middle East recognize Israel and even welcome it as a partner, “Biden said.
Democratic presidential hope promised that, if elected, his administration would “build”
“A Biden-Harris administration will build on these steps, challenge other nations to keep up and work to exploit these growing ties in progress towards a two-state solution and a more stable and peaceful region,” the statement read.
On Tuesday, Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with UAE and Bahraini foreign ministers in the White House’s South Lawn to affirm their recent recognition of Israel’s sovereignty.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the UAE.
Documents signed at the event – with the signature of a Trump witness – commit Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to exchange ambassadors and to open embassies.
However, they no longer address major sticking points in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such as the final state of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Speaking to reporters and other attendees at the event, Trump said the countries “will cooperate as partners in a wide range of sectors, from tourism to commerce, health to safety, they will work together. They are friends.”
The Trump administration’s efforts for Middle East peace have been led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.
Speaking on CNN on Tuesday evening, he stressed the agreement: “The union of the Arab countries with Israel, hopefully, marks the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a huge psychological barrier. “