Two years ago, the historic Abraham Accords, which normalised relations between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates was signed. Morocco followed only months later with its own agreement. The impact of the Accords cannot be underestimated - trade, defence, and cultural cooperation has flourished between the member states in a remarkably short time.
The UK Abraham Accords Group and ELNET UK have published a booklet to commemorate the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords. We are very thankful to the British Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain, Israel, Morocco, and the UAE, as well as The Rt Dr Liam Fox MP and The Rt Hon Joan Ryan, for their valuable contributions.
We believe that a new era in the Middle East is possible. The Abraham Accords signed in 2021 between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain were a game changer.
New friends are working together to make a long-troubled region more peaceful and prosperous.
As a non-partisan organisation, we are committed to ensuring the United Kingdom is actively supporting the Abraham Accords process and advancing its expansion to other countries. We work across government and with business leaders to provide the Abraham Accords countries with support needed to succeed as they build stronger ties in trade, culture, and religious tolerance.
The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Dr Liam Fox MP spoke at an event in London organised by the UK Abraham Accords Group, in partnership with The Board of Deputies of British Jews and ELNET UK, to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the historic accords. We were pleased to present the ambassadors of the UAE, Israel, Bahrain, and Morocco with awards to mark the occasion and to celebrate their countries' leadership in taking such significant steps towards peace in the Middle East.
We were honoured to be joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who addressed this historic event. Our chair, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, said; "This is the first time a British Prime Minister has stood up at a gathering like this and given the commitment of the United Kingdom to the success of these Accords."
We were also pleased to welcome HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, HE Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior & Foreign Affairs Committee at the UAE's Federal National Council, and HE Zayed Alzayani, Bahraini Minister of Industry and Commerce, alongside 250 other esteemed and valued guests.
The UK Abraham Accords Group continues to advocate for peace in the Middle East and we hope to celebrate many more anniversaries such as this in the future.
On 15 September 2020, the president of the United States, the prime minister of Israel, and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to sign an historic document.
This Abraham Accords Declaration contained a joint statement between the four countries that recognising the “importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world”. Two further documents signed that day saw relations between Israel, and the UAE and Bahrain formally normalised.
The name of the accords refers to Abraham, the patriarch of all Jews and Muslims. This recognition of shared history underpins the accords’ core principles of mutual understanding, tolerance and coexistence.
The UAE and Bahrain’s historic decision to have full diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel opened the door for other states to follow. In October 2020, Sudan agreed to normalise ties with Israel. The country had forbidden any relations with Israel or its citizens since 1958. In December 2020, Morocco agreed to normalise relations with Israel.
The fruits of the Accords can already be seen, with the countries striking joint initiatives in many fields, including the environment, education, business and technology. In March 2022, the foreign ministers of Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco, and the US Secretary of State, gathered for the historical Negev Summit, marking a landmark step for the region.
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