Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

Knesset to vote on Abraham Accord with UAE on Monday

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared news of the parliamentary vote on Twitter

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed stand on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords. AP Photo
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed stand on the Blue Room Balcony after signing the Abraham Accords. AP Photo

The historic Abraham Accord normalising relations between the UAE and Israel will go before Israel's parliament on Monday for approval, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed.

The accord made the UAE the first Arab country to normalise ties with Israel in more than 25 years.

"I will bring to the approval of the government and the Knesset the peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates this coming Monday," Mr Netanyahu wrote in a Tweet on Thursday.

The Knesset is likely to vote in favour of the bill and ratify the accord.

The Abraham Accord was announced by both parties on August 13 and signed on the White House lawn on September 15. In the deal, Israel agreed to halt all annexation of Palestinian territories in exchange for establishing diplomatic ties with the UAE.

This week both nations' foreign ministers met in Berlin for historic face to face talks, agreeing to work together on energy and scientific research.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi said they were filled with hope for a new era of stability in the Middle East.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, also held a remote meeting with Hili Tropper, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport, via video conferencing to discuss cultural exchange between the two nations.

Updated: October 8, 2020 05:35 PM

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