UN welcomes Israel-UAE accord brokered by Trump

Israel, UAE agree to normalize ties in what Trump calls 'historic ...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish full diplomatic ties expressing hope that the accord will lead to Israeli and Palestinian leaders re-engaging in “meaningful negotiations” for a two-state solution. A spokesman for the Palestinian president, however, has rejected the deal to establish full diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, the spokesman, said the agreement amounts to treason. The Palestinians demand should be accepted. The remarks come after Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas convened a meeting of his top leadership to discuss the deal under which Israel suspends its plans to annex parts of the West Bank.UN Chief says ‘’The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel’ ’The joint statement by US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan suspends Israeli annexation plans over parts of the occupied West Bank, which a UN spokesperson said was something the Secretary-General has consistently called for. “The Secretary-General welcomes this agreement, hoping it will create an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to re-engage in meaningful negotiations that will realise a two State-solution in line with relevant United Nations resolutions, international laws and bilateral agreements,” the statement said. The UN chief said peace in the Middle East was imperative as the region confronts the grave threats of COVID-19 and radicalisation. The Secretary-General will continue to work with all sides to open further possibilities for dialogue, peace and stability, the statement said, adding that annexation would effectively close the door for a renewal of negotiations and destroy the prospect of a viable Palestinian State and the two-State solution. Picture courtesy to ABC News

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