WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today attended a signing ceremony at the White House where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain formally normalized diplomatic relations with Israel. Also in attendance at the ceremony were President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.
“It was an honor to witness today’s historic signing of peace agreements between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain,” said Risch. “These agreements demonstrate a potential to improve the economic, security, and diplomatic environment in the Middle East, and President Trump is to be commended for his efforts in brokering these agreements. I continue to encourage like-minded Arab and Muslim countries to follow the example set by the UAE and Bahrain today.”