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Mon 14 September 2020:

Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif al-Zayani arrived in Washington on Monday to sign “a declaration in support of peace” between Bahrain and Israel, royal adviser Nabeel al-Hamer confirmed on Twitter.

On Sunday UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed also arrived in Washington, leading the delegation to the signing ceremony of the UAE-Israel peace deal hosted by US President Donald Trump.

The signing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The high level delegation from UAE comprises Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Cabinet Member and Minister of Economy, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Cabinet Member and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Ali Said Matar Al Neyadi, Commissioner of Customs and Chairman of the Federal Customs Authority, Yousef Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States of America, Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs, Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and Hend Al-Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, along with a number of officials,” the UAE’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.

Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Zayani will attend a ceremony also marking a similar United Arab Emirates-Israel deal at the White House on Tuesday, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s media adviser added in his tweet.

Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also departed for Washington just after midnight Sunday, to attend a Tuesday ceremony at the White House at which he will sign declarations of normalization and peace with senior ministers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Bahrain was joining the UAE in striking a historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel. Trump tweeted a joint statement declaring that King Hamad and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to establish “full diplomatic relations” between Israel and Bahrain.

As part of the US-brokered peace deal, announced at the White House on August 13 following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the UAE agreed to normalize relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.

The UAE also abolished on August 29 a previous law that mandated an economic boycott of Israel.

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