‘The normalisation of Israel’s bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will increase the space for dialogue and cooperation between Israel and the Arab world. It is positive if this can contribute to increased political stability in the Middle East,’ said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide on the signing of the agreements between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain and Israel in Washington DC.
‘The normalisation agreements do not solve outstanding questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nonetheless, I hope that increased contact across the region also will support the efforts to secure a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Only a negotiated and viable two-state solution, in accordance with international law, can create a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians’, the Foreign Minister said.