(L-R) Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, at the White House in Washington, DC, September 15, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:27 PM PT – Friday, September 17, 2021
World leaders celebrate the historic Abraham Accords, the agreements President Trump brokered last year to normalize relations between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. In a conference call on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with leaders from Israel, Bahrain, the UAE and Morocco.
Blinken kicked off the call by discussing the plans for the future of the region.
“We will encourage more countries to follow the lead of the Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. We want to widen the circle of peaceful diplomacy because it’s in the interests of countries across the region and around the world for Israel to be treated like any other country,” said Blinken.
The former UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash also commented on the hope the Abraham Accords represent.
“We are encouraged with the opportunities that are there. And you know, a lot has happened in the past year, and I would say that a lot of positive things have happened,” said Gargash. “And this is really a counternarrative for a region that needs a positive counternarrative.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid discussed what his nation is looking forward to working on now that there is more stability in the region. Lapid said they’re going to dedicate the next couple of years to strategic projects off of infrastructure.
However, despite their incalculable role in orchestrating the agreements, those present failed to recognize President Trump and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accomplishments. Lapid did however have a message of encouragement for any other nations wishing to join the newfound progress towards peace, stating the Abraham Accords’ club is open for new members and that one of their goals is to “make sure other countries will follow suit in this new era of cooperation and friendship.”