The Emirates begins a new phase this Tuesday. After several highly publicised announcements, tomorrow the moment of truth arrives with the signing of the agreement in Washington to normalise relations between the Emirates and Israel. These two nations are leaving behind years of hostilities to usher in a new era in the Middle East. Despite this movement, the Emirates' Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reeem Al-Hashemi, has supported the creation of two states to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict that has been weighing down the region economically and politically for more than 50 years, according to statements she made during an interview on Sunday with the CNN channel broadcast by the Saudi Arabian channel Al-Arabiya.
"We deeply believe in the need for dialogue between countries and in the Middle East," said Al-Hashemi in statements to the US channel CNN on Sunday. "We look at the Middle East differently. We have a different vision of our Arab world and we do not want to get stuck in the past," he said. Al-Hashemi has called for continuing to build the future of the Middle East on science, innovation, prosperity, trade and investment.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, is also already in the capital of the United States to participate in the signing of the agreements between the Emirates and Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister, Bejamin Netanyahu, will also be present at the ceremony. "At the invitation of the US President (Donald Trump), Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan is arriving in Washington at the head of a delegation that includes several ministers (...) to sign the peace treaty between the UAE and Israel", explained the Foreign Ministry's Director of Strategic Communication, Hend al Otaiba, on her Twitter account.
This event will take place almost a month after both countries announced the normalisation of their relations on 13 August and the arrival of the first commercial flight between the two countries at the end of last month. The signing will also be attended by the foreign minister of Bahrain, Abdulatif bin Rashid al Zayani, as his country's representative after Israel and this country also normalised their relations on the 11th, a little less than a month after the Emirates did so. Trump has also invited the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, but the Bareini authorities have yet to confirm his attendance in Washington. Almost a month later, Barein has joined the initiative promoted by the Americans and has thus become the fourth Arab country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, after Egypt (1979), Jordan (1994) and the Emirates (2020).