700 to attend White House ‘peace treaty’ signing; Netanyahu to meet Trump first

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Some 700 people are reportedly set to attend Tuesday’s ceremony at the White House where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will establish diplomatic relations.

Before the ceremony, Netanyahu will meet at the White House with US President Donald Trump, who brokered the diplomatic breakthrough, according to an Israeli official who briefed reporters accompanying the premier in Washington.

The UAE and Bahrain will be represented at the signing ceremony by their foreign ministers, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, respectively.

The Trump administration was also said to be working to get representatives of additional Arab nations to attend the signing ceremony as a sign of tacit support for the growing normalization trend.

Speaking Monday in a video statement from Washington, Netanyahu held up what he said were the draft accords with the UAE and Bahrain.

“We’ve worked on this for many years,” Netanyahu said. “The moment will come tomorrow. This is a massive turning point in the history of Israel, as well as the history of the Middle East. It will have a huge an positive impact on all Israelis.”

He added: “I promise you, from what I see here, that more countries are on the way.”

Netanyahu and Trump were set to hold a bilateral meeting at the White House at 11 a.m. (6 p.m. Israel time), with a four-way meeting with the Emirati and Bahraini foreign ministers set to take place shortly afterwards.

The official ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. (7 p.m. in Israel) on the White House South Lawn, scene of the signing of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians on September 13, 1993. It will be followed by speeches by the leaders and the playing of the countries’ national anthems. They will then hold a dinner event.

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