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Israel, Bahrain, UAE Peace deal to be signed

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday is presiding over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations.

By Nathan Morley

In a ceremony at the White House, President Trump will host more than 700 guests to witness the sealing of the agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The ceremonies will be attended by the UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani as well as Israeli by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last month saw the first official flight from Israel to the UAE, which was seen as a major step in normalising relations. Now flights between Israel and Bahrain are expected to commence shortly.

In response, Palestinian leaders urged demonstrations in the occupied territories to protest what they called "shameful agreements."

Separately, Bank Hapoalim, one of Israel's largest lenders has signed a cooperation agreement with Emirates NBD, a leading United Arab Emirates bank. Furthermore, Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) and Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates have agreed to cooperate in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research.

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15 September 2020, 13:38