Dubai, Aug 13: The UAE and Israel have reached a historic deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The agreement, brokered by US President Donald Trump, means Israel has suspended plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
A joint statement from the UAE, Israel and the US said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region."
The agreement was reached after talks between Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Sheikh Mohammed said the agreement would stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory.
"During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories," he said. "The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”
The deal means the UAE would become the third Arab country to have full diplomatic relations with Israel.
The statement said Israel would suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in Trump’s peace plan for the region and focus on expanding ties with other Arab and Muslim countries.
It said efforts would continue to achieve an “enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
“The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal,” the statement said.
Delegations from Israel and the UAE would meet in the coming weeks to sign agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security and telecommunications among others.
They would also discuss establishing embassies.
“Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East's most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations,” the statement said.