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In August, the United Arab Emirates and Israel made a historic announcement that the two countries would normalize relations and open avenues for cooperation in technology, healthcare, and tourism, among many other economic sectors. On September 16, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at the White House to formalize this agreement, known as the Abraham Accords.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative hosted His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy, to discuss the areas of economic cooperation the UAE will pursue with Israel and how this cooperation will impact the UAE and the region. The discussion also touched upon the future of the UAE economy post-pandemic.
Mr. Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO, introduced the event, and Mr. Amjad Ahmad, director of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative, moderated this conversation. EmpowerME is a new initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. EmpowerME shapes solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and builds coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.
His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy
Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
In conversation with
Amjad Ahmad, Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council
Thu, Aug 20, 2020
The normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was just “a matter of time,” according to UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, but the UAE finally struck the deal in return for the suspension of the Israeli government’s annexation plans, he said.
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Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Atlantic Council experts react to Bahrain agreement to normalize ties with Israel and what it means for the wider region.
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Thu, Aug 13, 2020
A US-brokered deal has seen Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations for the first time in history. Atlantic Council experts discuss what the agreement means and what is next for the wider region:
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Working with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.