Wed, 23 Sep 2020

CAIRO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi praised on Thursday a peace agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under U.S. sponsorship.

"I have followed with great interest and appreciation the tripartite joint statement among the United States, the UAE and Israel regarding the agreement to stop Israel's annexation of Palestinian territories and take steps that would bring peace to the Middle East," said the president in a statement.

"I also value the efforts of those in charge of this agreement in order to achieve prosperity and stability for our region," Sisi added.

Earlier in the day, U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan released a joint statement saying they agreed on "full normalization of relations" between Israel and the UAE and advancing peace in the Middle East region.

According to the deal, Israel will suspend annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank and "focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world."

Egypt similarly signed a U.S.-sponsored peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

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