USA: Pompeo says UAE, Bahraini deals with Israel based on "best sovereign national interest"

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain had realised

that peace with Israel was "in their best sovereign national interest," in Washington DC on Tuesday, as the

nations signed peace agreements at the White House.

Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Atlantic Council think tank, Pompeo said the two countries had

concluded they had to "recognise the state of Israel, to normalise relationships with them, and build out

security relationships around that."

"I heard someone the other day say, boy, this happened overnight. I can assure you this has taken all

the efforts, under President Trump's leadership, for three years now to get us to this place today," he added.

The secretary of state said that the deals reflected "the reality that the Gulf states have all recognised," and

stated that the "only two countries that have vehemently denounced this were Iran and Turkey."

The Israel-Bahrain treaty is set to establish diplomatic ties between the two countries following a previous

peace deal signed between Israel and the UAE earlier this month. The agreements have triggered a severe

backlash in parts of the Arab world including in the state of Palestine.