On the ground in DC: Egypt, Azerbaijan to attend historic signing, Saudis will not
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On the ground in DC: Egypt, Azerbaijan to attend historic signing, Saudis will not

Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg reports on who is, who is not attending today's signing ceremony and why it matters

Joel Rosenberg with Ambassador Yasser Reda, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S., who are attending the Abraham Accords Ceremony at the 
WhiteHouse. (credit: All Israel News)
Joel Rosenberg with Ambassador Yasser Reda, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S., who are attending the Abraham Accords Ceremony at the WhiteHouse. (credit: All Israel News)

WASHINGTON — With the historic signing of the Abraham Accords peace treaty scheduled to take place in a few hours, the list of attendees is being finalized and includes some significant players, according to my sources.

  • Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Elin Suleymanov is planning to attend — significant because Azerbaijan is only Shia Muslim government that has diplomatic ties with Israel.
  • Ambassador Yasser Reda, Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S., is expected to be in attendance. Egypt was the first Arab country to make peace with Israel in 1979.
  • Numerous Evangelical leaders — including those I brought to the United Arab Emirates as part of a delegation in 2018 — are also planning to attend this signing ceremony, a prestigious event that also represents an answer to our prayers for peace in the Middle East.
  • Not attending will be Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The Kingdom has been silent regarding the two peace deals by their neighbors, but at the same time agreed to open its airspace to all flights to and from Israel.

The Aug. 13 decision by the UAE to normalize relations with the Jewish state marked a tremendous breakthrough in the Middle East only to be followed by Bahrain’s own decision to follow in the UAE’s footsteps last Friday.

 

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Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.

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