Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 1 November 2020

Abraham Accord: White House signing table and its colourful history

US President Donald Trump, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu came together for the signing in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), US President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), US President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. AFP

The Abraham Accord signing took place under sunny skies in front of the green lawns of the White House grounds.

But as US President Donald Trump, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu took their seats for the historic signing ceremony, they weren't just sitting at your typical piece of garden furniture.

That's because the table used for the occasion was the Lee Dining Room Table from Blair House - around which President Truman once held weekly luncheon meetings with his cabinet.

Furthermore, the table has helped to chart the progress of American diplomacy - fundamentals embodied in the Marshall Plan and Truman Doctrine were discussed around it, according to the White House.

The table typically resides in the Lee Dining Room of Blair House, the President’s Guest House, when it's not being moved outside for such important occasions at the Abraham Accord signing.

Visits to Blair House are exclusively reserved for meetings presided over by the guest chief of state or head of government.

It has also served new and former First Families when they stay at Blair House for inaugurations and state funerals.

The chairs for the signing are from the current Cabinet Room in the White House.

Updated: September 15, 2020 11:39 PM

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