Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “welcomed” the signing of the “Abraham Accords,” which begin normalizing relations between the United States and two Gulf countries in an agreement led by the Trump administration.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the former vice president praised the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after joining President Trump in signing the historic agreements.
“I welcome the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which are taking steps to normalize ties with Israel. It is good to see others in the Middle East recognizing Israel and even welcoming it as a partner, ”said Biden.
The Democratic presidential election hoped that if elected, his administration would “build on”
“A Biden-Harris administration will build on these steps, challenge other nations to keep pace and work to harness these growing ties to progress toward a two-state solution and a more stable, peaceful region,” the statement said.
On Tuesday, Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with the UAE and Bahrain’s foreign ministers in the White House South Lawn to confirm their recent recognition of Israel’s statehood.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The breakthrough also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Documents signed at the event – with a testimony from Trump – oblige Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to exchange ambassadors and open embassies.
However, they do not address several important points in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such as the final status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Trump spoke to journalists and other attendees at the event, saying the countries will “work together as partners across a wide range of sectors, from tourism to trade and health care to security, they will work together. They are friends.”
The Trump administration’s efforts for peace in the Middle East have been led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday night, he noted the deal, “Bringing the Arab countries together with Israel hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a huge psychological barrier. ”