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Spanberger Statement on Signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Agreements

Washington, September 15, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger — a Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee — today released the following statement ahead of the signing of the Abraham Accords, agreements to normalize ties between Israel and the Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“I welcome the news that today, leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain will join at the White House for the beginning of normalized relations between these two Gulf states and Israel. The normalization of relations has long been a bipartisan priority, and this positive development builds a foundation for future diplomacy and peace.  Additionally, these agreements could improve stability in the Middle East and support multilateral efforts to counter Iranian influence. I appreciate Israel’s commitment to these agreements, as well as its decision to halt its annexation efforts. I also appreciate that the UAE and Bahrain have demonstrated a commitment to negotiation and diplomacy, which I hope will lead to greater progress toward peace. I thank the Trump administration for its work in facilitating these agreements.

“As a Member of Congress, I remain committed to the constitutional role of Congress, our role in approving the transfer of military weapons to other nations, reaching a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and the U.S. policy of safeguarding Israel’s qualitative military edge. I look forward to working with the administration on these priority issues.”

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