The Trump administration has made remarkable progress in mediating peace agreements designed to normalize relations between Israel and other Middle Eastern nations, said Omar Ghobash, who serves as the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) assistant minister of public and cultural diplomacy.
Ghobash’s praise came on Monday’s ‘Special Report’, in which Fox News host Bret Baier asked about House President Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and downplayed the president’s performance in reaching more peace deals.
Pelosi had told CNN last week that Trump’s peace deals were distractions from the impact of COVID-1
While Ghobash did not directly address Pelosi, he stressed the importance of performance. “How much credit do you give President Trump for these peace deals?” Asked Baier.
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Ghobash replied: “It is a truly remarkable achievement – even for us, the citizens of the Arab world that it looks like. It is a remarkable achievement and it comes in a specific context which is incredibly important – we in the Emirates have tried to push an agenda for communication, engagement, dialogue, tolerance. “
“And this in the wake of the terror that ISIS carried out all over the region. And so to find a US government that takes us up on it and helps us come to peace with the Israelis, this is the first peace between an Arab “The state and the Israelis for 26 years. It is in itself a remarkable achievement for both the administration and the American people, and for which I think we are very grateful,” he added.
His comments came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to join leaders from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to sign agreements that normalize relations between nations.
Earlier in the interview, Ghobash described the agreements as “hugely significant” and predicted that the Palestinians would eventually make greater progress toward an agreement.
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“I think it’s extremely important,” he told Baier. “The region is really very tired of the whole conflict, and it is [been] there ever since I was a kid, so we’re talking about decades. And we really want to move to a phase where we rather than resort to violence and conflict, but we can actually resolve conflicts through cooperation and discussion and connection with each other. “
He added that he believes “there have been structural changes, especially among the Gulf states in the last 20 years, and perhaps the Palestinian leadership has not been fully aware of these structural changes. And in time, we believe Palestinians will get around. They “should take the opportunity, which is a huge opportunity to resume a peace process and remember that we all stand with them on the two-state solution. So we are very optimistic that they will do so.”