US President Donald Trump mentioned Tuesday that “five or six” extra Arab international locations had been poised to conform to normalize relations with Israel, consistent with the landmark accords struck between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
“We’re very far down the road with about five countries, five additional countries,” Trump mentioned as he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the Oval Office, forward of a signing ceremony with each Arab states for the US-brokered peace deal.
“We’ll have at least five or six countries coming along very quickly, we’re already talking to them,” Trump mentioned.
Trump didn’t identify the extra international locations, however hinted throughout separate bilateral talks with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan that Saudi Arabia could also be on board with out saying so particularly.
“We’ve had great talks with Saudi Arabia. I think their mind is very open,” mentioned Trump who additionally met with Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani forward of the signing ceremony.
For the Mideast, the offers dubbed the Abraham Accords mark a definite shift in a decades-old establishment the place Arab international locations have tried to keep up unity in opposition to Israel over its remedy of the stateless Palestinians.
“After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” Trump mentioned because the signing ceremony started.
Palestinian leaders have urged demonstrations within the occupied territories and out of doors embassies of the United States, Israel, Bahrain and the UAE to protest what they known as “shameful agreements.”
Trump nonetheless voiced confidence the Palestinians would finally signal on to the US-brokered peace agreements — which he hopes will increase his reelection probabilities in November.
“The Palestinians will absolutely be a member. I don’t say that with any bravado, I just tell you the Palestinians will be a member at the right time,” Trump mentioned.
The White House occasion would be the first time Arab nations have established relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
Hundreds of individuals had been invited to attend and a symbolic handshake between the Arab representatives and Netanyahu has not been dominated out.
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