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President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

BY The Canadian Press, Aug 13, 2020 10:40 AM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Aug 30, 2020 11:47 AM

US President Donald Trump says Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties.

President Donald Trump says the United Arab Emirates and Israel will establish diplomatic ties in a deal halting the planned annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.

The announcement by Trump came in a tweet on Thursday. It means the UAE, which is home to the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, would become the first Gulf Arab state to have ties to Israel.

Among Arab nations, only Egypt and Jordan have active diplomatic ties with Israel. Egypt made a peace deal with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994.

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