WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that it was possible that another country could soon join a diplomatic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Trump will host a signing ceremony next Tuesday involving delegations from Israel and the UAE. His negotiators are trying to get other Gulf countries, such as Bahrain and Oman, to join him in normalizing relations with Israel.
Israel and the UAE agreed last month to normalize relations in an agreement in which Trump helped the orchestra.
“Next week at the White House we will be signing a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, and we can add another country to it. And I will tell you that those countries that want to go into it are shining, ”Trump told a White House news conference.
Trump, who is seeking re-election on 3 November, has not revealed the name of the country that could join next, but predicted that Saudi Arabia would eventually do so.
“You are coming to other countries in a relatively short period of time. And you can have peace in the Middle East.
“I think what will happen in the end. You are going to come in a lot of countries. Big people are going to come. I have talked to the King of Saudi Arabia, so we are talking. We just started the conversation. And you give them Will bring in, ”he said.
The Saudi embassy in Washington did not respond to questions about whether the Saudi ambassador or other Saudi representatives would attend next week’s signing ceremony at the White House.
Trump said he believes the Palestinians, who have considered Trump’s Middle East peace initiative favorable to Israel, will eventually “meet back in the fold” and open a dialogue.
“I wonder if they are not already on the table,” Trump said, noting that the United States considered withholding aid to Palestinians if there could be an agreement with them.
Reporting by Alexandra Elper, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert and Matt Spatelnik; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney