Secretary Pompeo at Israel

Secretary Pompeo with Netanyahu
Secretary Pompeo with Netanyahu

The US Secretary reaches Israel to make some major discussions between the countries. This is Pompeo’s first visit to the region after the historic peace agreement between Israel and UAE,  brokered by the US. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is hopeful other Arab countries would join the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

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“I am hopeful that we will see other Arab nations join in this,” Pompeo said, reported news agency Associated Press, as he addressed a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem

This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East and is a testament to the vision of Israel PM, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and President Donald Trump. As usual, the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering. As part of this, the US Secretary Pompeo reaches Israel today. He says it’s good to be in Israel again today with Netanyahu.

They discussed ways to address Iranian malign influence in the region, shared challenges faced by the U.S. and Israel. And also the benefit of the Abraham Accords.

Earlier by August 15, 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached a historic deal that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations.

The White House also says that the agreement will see Israel suspend its plans to annex Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank.

Certain countries like Spain, France and the European Union welcomed the agreement reached to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the “courageous decision” by the UAE to normalize ties with Israel.

“I salute the courageous decision of the United Arab Emirates and hope that it will contribute to the establishment of a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he tweeted.

At the same time, countries like Iran, Turkey, and Palestine are not happy with this deal.

Pompeo with Netanyahu at Israel
Pompeo with Netanyahu at Israel

The trip was also seen as an attempt by the US to convince its ally of what Pompeo has described as the “risks” of doing business with China. Pompeo said he wanted to update Netanyahu and Gantz “face to face” on Donald Trump’s “Vision of Peace”, the blueprint document for annexation.