Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed gratitude to Israel’s ambassador to the United States (US), Ron Dermer for helping bring about the historic peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Netanyahu, who in a statement released via his official Twitter handle on Friday made this known, said the State of Israel is most thankful to Ron.
“I am very grateful to Israel’s ambassador to the United States, @AmbDermer, for helping bring about the historic peace treaty with the UAE.
“He worked quietly behind the scenes with great determination and skill with his Emirati counterpart and the White House team to bring this about. The State of Israel is most thankful to you, Ron,” Netanyahu tweeted.
He worked quietly behind the scenes with great determination and skill with his Emirati counterpart and the White House team to bring this about.
The State of Israel is most thankful to you, Ron.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 14, 2020
Netanyahu had earlier expressed optimism that the peace treaty with the UAE will be followed by more Arab nations joining the region’s circle of peace.
Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years.
In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
According to Reuters, Israel and the UAE are expected soon to exchange ambassadors and embassies following the agreement.
A signing ceremony is due to be held at the White House, the news agency added.
The UAE, therefore, becomes the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker the accord.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday congratulated his Israeli counterpart on the “historic step” taken by Israel and the UAE to establish full diplomatic ties.
The Germany’s top diplomat passed on the message in a phone call with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, a statement shared by Foreign Ministry says.
“The normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE is an important contribution to peace in the region,” Maas said.
He also acknowledges the fact that the Israeli government had suspended its annexation plans.
“We hope that this agreement serves as a gateway for further positive developments in the region and gives the Middle East peace process new impetus,” he said.