Abraham Accord as it happened: UAE and Israel sign historic agreement at the White House

Sheikh Abdullah signs the first such agreement between an Arab country and Israel in over a quarter of a century

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The UAE and Israel signed a historic accord to normalise relations at the White House on Tuesday, followed by a similar signing by Bahrain, which completed its own peace deal with Israel.

"We're here this afternoon to change the course of history, after decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries," President Donald Trump said at the start of the signing ceremony on Tuesday.

At the ceremony, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani each signed agreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The ceremony comes weeks after the UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations in return for the suspension of the annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

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