New York: Representatives of the United Nations gathered in the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan, New York, to celebrate the first anniversary of Abraham Accords on Monday, the Arab News reported.
Abraham Accords are a series of agreements between several Arab countries to normalise their relations with Israel and the UAE was the first country to sign the accords.
The UAE's permanent representative to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, said that the countries represented in the gathering had extended hands of peace mutually. For UAE, the peace with Israel has been warm, she said.
She also said that they are anticipating new investments, academic partnerships and joint research initiatives and added that the people of Abraham Accords inspired UAE by their unity once the political elements had been removed.
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, said that the accords were an "incredible achievement". He expressed his hope that as others in the Arab region see the fruits of this association, they would join their circle of peace. Palestinians may see the benefits of our peace and the prosperity it brings and see this as an opportunity rather than a threat, he said. He also praised the United States for its role in facilitating the agreements and the support.
Bahrain and Morocco, who followed UAE in signing the accord, praised it and highlighted how their economies and cultures benefited.
The representative from the US, Linda Thomas Greenfield, promised President Joe Biden's support. In addition to praising the accords' achievements, she thanked all the signatories for "choosing the path of peace". However, she reiterated that the US administration wishes a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Most signatories opined that Saudi Arabia is the most important nation Israel must now work on developing ties. Saudi had said that they support the peace built on the accords, but any relation with Israel would not be at the cost of the Palestinian people.