The White House has invited senior Democratic lawmakers to a ceremony in which representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will sign an agreement with Israel to normalize relations on Tuesday.
A senior official told reporters on Monday that a large number of Democrats were invited to the signing ceremony scheduled to take place at the White House South Lawn on Tuesday. The official said at least some Democrats were expected to attend the ceremony, but did not offer any names.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpCrowd aims to ‘unlock him’ song by Obama during Trump demonstration in Nevada governor: Trump ‘takes ruthless and selfish actions’ to hold demonstration Michigan lieutenant governor blows up Trump coronavirus answer: He’ is a liar, who has killed people ‘MORE helped mediate a historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations in August. Last week, Trump announced that Bahrain had also reached an agreement with Israel to normalize relations.
The parties sign the agreement, called the “Abraham Agreements,” at the White House ceremony on Tuesday, marking a remarkable diplomatic performance for Trump. The agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel received acclaim when it was announced by the White House last month.
The Democrats’ presence at the ceremony will be a rare sight. The White House has previously refused to invite Democrats once the president has signed major legislation, as has the president’s March $ 2 trillion signing in support of coronavirus assistance. Partisan tensions remain high in Washington as Republicans and Democrats save on future coronavirus aid and the upcoming election.
The senior administration official said Monday that a few hundred individuals were expected to attend the outdoor ceremony on Tuesday and that masks were recommended but not required amid the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the foreign delegations will be tested for COVID-19 before the ceremony.
The senior administration official said all three parties would sign a document, the “Abraham Agreements”, and that the parties would sign bilateral agreements with each other to cement the agreements. The official did not go into detail with the contents of the documents.
The agreement between the UAE and Israel represented a significant breakthrough in diplomatic relations between the two nations, as the Trump administration is working to facilitate cooperation between Arab nations and Israel. In a surprise statement from the Oval Office on Friday, Trump announced that Bahrain and Israel would also normalize relations.