Israel and UAE strike historic deal to normalise relations - BBC News


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Summary generated on August 13, 2020


    Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise relations, US President Donald Trump has announced.

    As a result, they added, Israel would suspend its plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.

    Until now Israel has had no diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries.

    The agreement marks only the third Israel-Arab peace deal since Israel's declaration of independence in 1948.

    In the coming weeks delegations from Israel and the UAE will meet to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies.