US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Saudi Arabia to follow in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize its relations with Israel, thus becoming the third Gulf state in history to do so.
“We hope Saudi Arabia will consider normalizing its relationships as well, and we want to thank them for the assistance they’ve had in the success of the Abraham Accords so far”, Pompeo said during a Wednesday press conference.
Pompeo expressed hope that Saudi Arabia could play a part in convincing the Palestinian Authority or Palestinian leaders to return to negotiations with Israel in order to achieve a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Het further noted that the recent decisions by the UAE and Bahrain are indicative of the transformation the region is going through right now, suggesting that this is a reaction to the alleged threat from Iran.
The UAE and Bahrain officially established diplomatic ties with Israel by signing the Abraham Accords on September 15 in Washington, after US President Donald Trump and his administration brokered the surprise historic deal. The two countries, the first Gulf states to do so, expressed readiness to cooperate with the Jewish state in a number of fields, ranging from culture to regional security, in exchange for Israel putting its plans to extend its sovereignty over parts of the West Bank on hold.