After decades of hostility, the United Arab Emirates along with Bahrain signed the Abraham Peace Accords with Israel on Tuesday at the White House to make peace with the Jewish State.

The ceremony was attended by US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain – Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, respectively. The UAE’s representative thanked Netanyahu for agreeing to the terms of the peace accord and expressed confidence that the historic deal will improve life in the region.

“Your Excellency, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, thank you for choosing peace and for halting the annexation of Palestinian territories, a decision that reinforces our shared will to achieve a better future for generations to come”, Abdullah bin Zayed said.

Under the accord, reached between Israel and the UAE with the mediation of the US,  the two countries will establish official diplomatic ties and start working together in a number of spheres, ranging from economy and tourism to security and military cooperation. In return, Israel has promised to put on hold its plans for extending sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.