The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is lit up in the colours of the United Arab Emirates national flag on August 13, 2020. - Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations in a landmark US-brokered deal, only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation. The agreement, first announced by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, will see Israel halt its plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the UAE. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: US-Brokered Israel-UAE Peace Deal Met With Mixed Reaction by Global Leaders

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On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced a US-mediated agreement on the normalisation of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The accord stipulates that Israel will halt its intentions to extend sovereignty over parts of the West Bank.

The landmark Israel-UAE agreement has drawn both praise and condemnation from across the globe since it was announced by US President Donald Trump on Thursday.

The United Nations, UK, France, as well as Egypt and Jordan - the two other Arab countries Israel has a peace agreement with - have welcomed the deal as a positive step towards peace in the Middle East.

The Palestinian Authority and Iran have strongly condemned the "dangerous" move, joined by Turkey who said "history will not forgive" the UAE for this step.

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12:36 GMT 14.08.2020

"In this context, we have noticed that Israel will suspend the extension of its sovereignty over part of the territories of the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River, under the abovementioned three-party statement. We believe this is an important element, as such plans were a key obstacle to resuming direct Palestinian-Israeli contacts", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

11:49 GMT 14.08.2020

"I thank Egyptian President al-Sisi, and the governments of Oman and Bahrain for their support of the historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which expands the circle of peace and benefits the entire region", Netanyahu said in a tweet.

11:21 GMT 14.08.2020
11:14 GMT 14.08.2020

"The Chinese side has taken note of relevant reports, including those about the suspension of Israel's annexation of Palestinian territories and about efforts to achieve a just solution to the Palestinian issue. The Chinese side is glad to see measures toward easing tensions between Middle Eastern countries that contribute to regional peace and stability", Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing.

The diplomat expressed hope that the concerned parties would take practical steps to resume an equitable dialogue about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as soon as possible.

"The position of the Chinese side on the Palestinian issue is consistent and clear: we will continue to provide strong support to the Palestinian people in their just cause for the restoration of the legitimate rights of the nation and the establishment of an independent state", Zhao added.

10:31 GMT 14.08.2020

"We welcome the news. Normalisation will benefit both. It is important for both and for regional stability. Both countries are our partners, and, of course, as the EU, we are committed to a two-state solution, and we are, of course, ready to work on the resumption of the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians", European Comission spokesperson Nabila Massrali said at a briefing.

08:35 GMT 14.08.2020

"We hope that this agreement will be the starting point for further positive developments in the region and that it will give fresh momentum to the Middle East peace process", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.

08:33 GMT 14.08.2020

"The Sultanate of Oman hopes the agreement will contribute to achieving a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East and fulfill the aspirations of the peoples in the region in sustaining pillars of security and stability and create factors for progress and prosperity for all", Oman News Agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.

07:50 GMT 14.08.2020
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