With strong bipartisan support in the United States and from around the world, the UAE and Israel announced a historic normalization agreement in September 2020 that is transforming the Middle East. The Abraham Accords illustrate the similar and powerful values that the UAE and signatories share when it comes to creating a brighter future for the region and expanding opportunities for youth.
One year later, people-to-people contact is flourishing and generating activity across all areas – from business deals to cultural exchanges, healthcare partnerships and joint scientific initiatives.
The Abraham Accords are a catalyst for wider change in the Middle East
"The so-called Abraham Accords signed between the UAE and Israel in September last year have proved extraordinarily durable, even with the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced many countries to look inward. Travel and personal contact were restricted. New governments in the US and Israel had to face calls to deprioritize the Accords. The 11 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas earlier this year was tragic and unsettling.
Despite all this, official ties have advanced quickly. Embassies were established in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. Senior officials used open channels to address issues directly. Cabinet ministers visited in person. Healthcare ministries began intense co-operation on Covid initiatives. Memorandums of understanding, trade and other formal accords were reached.
After a year of open ties and peace between the UAE and Israel, real change is happening. Our goal now is to do more — to deepen the peace and extend it to the entire region."
—Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Yair Lapid (15 September 2021)
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