Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi said: “The impact of the deal on peace efforts is linked to the actions Israel will take”.
“I appreciate the efforts of the architects of this agreement for the prosperity and stability of our region,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted.
He added he hoped the deal to halt Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land, would help bring “peace” to the Middle East.Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE assistant minister for culture and public diplomacy, said the deal was designed to “shake up” the Middle East impasse and serve his country’s interests.
“We didn’t consult with anybody, we didn’t inform anybody, and as a sovereign state we don’t feel that we have the obligation to do that,” Ghobash said.
“It’s to be expected that not everybody will … applaud or comment,” he added.
The EU said normalization would benefit both Israel and the UAE, but foreign policy spokeswoman Nabila Massrali stressed the bloc’s commitment to a two-state solution.
“We are, of course, ready to work on the resumption of the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” she said.France welcomed the deal, stressing the suspension of Israel’s plans to annex swathes of the occupied West Bank.
“The decision… by the Israeli authorities to suspend the annexation of Palestinian territories is a positive step, which must become a definitive measure,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “I hail the courageous decision by the United Arab Emirates and its desire to contribute the establishment of a just and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
“China is happy to see measures that are helping to ease tensions between countries in the Middle East and promoting regional peace and stability,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.
“We hope relevant parties will take concrete actions to bring the Palestinian issue back to the track of dialogue and negotiation on an equal footing at an early date,” Zhao said, reiterating Beijing’s support for an independent Palestinian state.
Germany welcomed the “historic” deal, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas saying normalization of ties between the two countries was “an important contribution to peace in the region.”
UN chief Antonio Guterres said he hoped the deal would help realise a two-state solution.
“The secretary general (hopes) it will create an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to re-engage in meaningful negotiations that will realize a two-state solution in line with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements,” his spokesman said.