UAE formally ends boycott of Israel under deal advocated by Trump

UAE formally ends boycott of Israel under deal advocated by Trump
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially ended its boycott against Israel following an announcement from President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE earlier in the month that outlined the thawing of relations between the two countries.

“The decree of the new law comes within the UAE’s efforts to expand diplomatic and commercial cooperation with Israel,” state-run UAE news agency WAM said Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

The decree lays out “a roadmap toward launching joint cooperation, leading to bilateral relations by stimulating economic growth and promoting technological innovation.”

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The axing of the boycott will now allow trade and commerce between the countries. Air travel will also resume.

Senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE — the president's son-in-law — is expected to be on the first commercial flight from Israel to the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi on Monday.

With the official decree, the UAE becomes the third Arab nation to have diplomatic ties with Israel, following Egypt and Jordan.

The newfound relationship is part of the Trump administration's larger efforts to broker peace in the Middle East while shoring up support against Iran.

Earlier in the year, Trump outlined a peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians, which was widely criticized and condemned by the international community, as the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE excluded Palestinians from the process.