In a statement released on Tuesday, the former Vice President praised the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after joining with President Trump for signing in a historic tone.
“I welcome the steps of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel. It is nice to see others in the Middle East recognize Israel and even welcome it as a partner,” Biden said.
The Democratic presidential candidate promised that if he is elected, his administration will “build” the efforts of the Trump administration.
The statement said, “A Biden-Harris administration will build these steps, challenge other nations to keep pace, and move these growing ties to a two-state solution and a more stable, peaceful region.” Will work.”
On Tuesday, Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the UAE and Bahrain’s foreign ministers to confirm their recent recognition of the state of Israel at the White House South Lawn.
Bahrain and the UAE are the third and fourth Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The success also established direct commercial flights between Israel and the UAE.
Documents signed at the event – with the signature of a witness from Trump – to exchange ambassadors and open embassies with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
However, they do not address many of the major sticking points in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, such as the final status of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Speaking to reporters and other attendees at the event, Trump said that the country “will cooperate extensively in all areas, from tourism and business and health care to security, they are going to work together. They are friends.”
The Trump administration’s efforts on Middle East peace have been moderated by Jaird Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser.
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday evening, he commented on the deal, “Bringing Arab countries with Israel is expected to mark the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a big psychological hurdle. ”