23.10.2020, 18:48

Tendency towards reconciliation and normalization of relations in the Middle East

Tendency towards reconciliation and normalization of relations in the Middle East
The UAE Foreign Minister (left) and his Israeli counterpart at a meeting on October 6 in Berlin. (Photo: Reuters)

Numerous positive signals have been shown in recent times about the peaceful atmosphere in the Middle East, especially after the signing of the peace accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington on September 15th.

Positive situations

The most recent event was the signing of the 14 weekly weekly flight agreement between Bahrain's Manama Airport and Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi believes that this agreement will bring growth to the economy and tourism. At the same time, Ashkenazi confirmed that Israel was ready to negotiate peace with other countries in the region.

Two days earlier, Israel had signed a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition to the aviation agreement, Israel and UAE signed three other agreements, including the visa-free agreement for citizens of both countries. In particular, asked the UAE to open their embassy in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv as soon as possible. This is a step towards realizing the agreement to normalize relations between the two countries.

The most notable situation is the information, citing the Sudanese interim government, about the readiness of Sudan to normalize relations with Israel. A delegation from that country had arrived in Sudan, citing the Israeli side, to discuss the normalization of relations between the two countries.

Immediately afterwards, numerous experts believed that Sudan would soon be the next country to sign the agreement on normalizing relations with Israel after the UAE and Bahrain.

Careful steps

These positive steps show that a peaceful atmosphere is spreading in the Middle East. However, numerous experts warned that the international community must work harder for peace in the Middle East for numerous reasons.

The first reason is the peace agreement between Israel and the Arab countries, which have not yet received support from the Arab world and all countries in the region. Noteworthy are the strong protests from Palestine, one of the sides in the Middle East peace process, as well as Iran and Turkey, the two influential countries in the region.

In addition, tensions in US-Iran nuclear relations and unrest in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Libya could affect the peaceful atmosphere in the region.

In addition, attention and international resources for the Middle East are being reduced because of the severe effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is therefore difficult to create a strong impetus for absolute peace in this region.

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