Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 28 October 2020

Three documents to be signed by UAE, Bahrain and Israel at White House today

The contents of the agreements, which include the Abraham Accord between the UAE, and Israel will be released later today

An Israeli woman walks past the American, the UAE, Israeli and Bahraini flags at the Peace Bridge in Netanya, Israel. The US is hosting a signing ceremony between the UAE and Israel at the White House on Tuesday September 15. AP Photo
An Israeli woman walks past the American, the UAE, Israeli and Bahraini flags at the Peace Bridge in Netanya, Israel. The US is hosting a signing ceremony between the UAE and Israel at the White House on Tuesday September 15. AP Photo

The UAE and Bahrain will each be signing a document along with Israel at the White House on Tuesday, the Trump administration said.

A senior US official briefing reporters on Monday said the Abraham Accord by the UAE and Israel will be a longer document detailing aspects of the bilateral relations. “The Emiratis and the Israelis will be signing their own document, as well as the Bahrainis and the Israelis will be signing their own document,” the official said.

In addition, another document will be signed, the official added without specifying its nature. “There’s also going to be, sort of, something that everybody is signing,” he said. The content of the agreements will be released to the public later in the day, the US announced.

Speaking about the UAE-Israel peace document, the official said it will be longer than the Bahraini text. The Bahraini document is more of a declaration of intentions. “It’s still an extremely substantive document that will get through what our intentions are, but it will be a much shorter document,” he said.

The working day will include bilateral meetings involving the three countries that are visiting and their host, ahead of a ceremony then a lunch hosted by US President Donald Trump. Senior Democratic figures are expected to attend in a show of bipartisan support for the agreements, the official said.

The documents will focus more on relations between the two countries, areas of co-operation and less on final status issues between the parties, the official said. “Issues like the Temple Mount are not things that would make it into a document like this,” he said.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner praised the progress marked by the agreements.

“These agreements are a huge accomplishment for the countries involved and have led to a tremendous sense of hope and optimism in the region," he said. "Instead of focusing on past conflicts, people are now focused on creating a vibrant future filled with endless possibilities."

Updated: September 15, 2020 01:13 PM

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