August 17, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement after Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to establish full diplomatic ties.

“The normalization of relations between the Israel and the UAE is a welcome development between two critical U.S. partners and a cause for optimism for two nations that have never had official relations. I commend the Trump Administration for assisting with this agreement. It is also a step towards peace in the region and the long-term ambition for Israel to have ties with all its neighbors.

“It is my hope that this announcement leads to further normalization and progress towards a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. While I am pleased that the Israel-UAE agreement includes a pause to plans to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank, I firmly believe that leaving the door open for this action will make ending the conflict difficult, if not impossible. I look forward to working with Israel and the UAE in the months ahead to support the implementation of their agreement and work towards our shared regional goals, including a two-state solution.”