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Israel And The UAE Reach A Peace Deal With The Help Of Trump

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 14 August 2020

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U.S. President Donald Trump receives applause after announcing that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a peace deal that will lead to the full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that Trump helped broker, at White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The deal sees the full normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Security, Political // BLUF: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have reached a peace deal, brokered by US President Donald Trump.

The historic deal sees Israel's foreign relations warm in the Middle East, with the normalisation of Israeli and Emirati diplomatic relations.

The deal will see the two countries exchange embassies and ambassadors, as well as cooperate across a spectrum of areas, including health care, trade, security and tourism.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 14 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, UAE - Security, Political: Trump scores diplomatic deal with Middle East allies before election

FYSA: President Donald Trump on Thursday managed to pull off a rare victory for U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East ahead of his Nov. 3 re-election bid by helping to broker a deal between American allies Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Gulf monarchy and Israel agreed to a normalization of diplomatic relations. Israel also said it would suspend annexing areas of the occupied West Bank as it had been planning to do. Soon after he sealed the agreement by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of his strongest supporters, and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Trump called it a “HUGE breakthrough” on Twitter and told reporters other similar Middle East deals are in the works. “Everybody said this would be impossible,” Trump said. “After 49 years,” Trump added, “Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade and security.” (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. UNITED KINGDOM - Security (Health): Lockdown to ease further in England from Saturday

FYSA: More beauty treatments, small wedding receptions and live indoor performances will be able to resume in England from Saturday, as lockdown rules are eased. Bowling alleys, casinos and soft play centres will also be able to reopen, PM Boris Johnson has announced. It comes as the government introduces tough new measures targeting breaches of social distancing restrictions. Fines for refusing to wear a mask could reach a maximum of £3,200 and illegal rave organisers face a £10,000 penalty. "Most people in this country are following the rules and doing their bit to control the virus, but we must remain focused and we cannot be complacent," Mr Johnson said. "That is why we are strengthening the enforcement powers available to use against those who repeatedly flout the rules." The changes coincide with new quarantine measures for people coming to the UK from several countries including France and the Netherlands, which mean travellers must self-isolate for 14 days from Saturday. (BBC. See link in heading for further reading)

3. UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE - Security (Health): UK adds France to Covid-19 14-day quarantine list

FYSA: Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers’ plans have been plunged into chaos after the government confirmed that France would be removed from the UK’s travel corridor list following a surge in Covid-19 cases. The move, which will mean arrivals into UK from France will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return or face a fine, will come into effect at 4am on Saturday leaving a window of little more than 30 hours for travellers to get home if they want to escape the measures. (The Guardian. See link in heading for further reading)

4. CHINA - Security (Health): Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk

FYSA: Two cities in China have found traces of the new coronavirus in cargoes of imported frozen food, local authorities said on Thursday, although the World Health Organization downplayed the risk of the virus entering the food chain. A sample taken from the surface of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern city of Shenzhen from Brazil, as well as samples of outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp sold in the northwestern city of Xian, have tested positive for the virus, local Chinese authorities said. Shenzhen authorities identified the chicken as originating from a plant owned by Aurora, Brazil’s third-largest poultry and pork exporter. As confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise globally, the discoveries raise fresh concerns that the coronavirus that causes the disease can spread on surfaces and enter the foodchain. A day earlier, officials started investigating whether the first COVID-19 cases in New Zealand in more than three months were imported by freight.(Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

5. HONG KONG, UNITED STATES - Political: Trump says arrest of Hong Kong's Jimmy Lai 'a terrible thing'

FYSA: U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai this week under China’s new national security law. “I think it’s a terrible thing,” Trump told reporters in response to a question about Lai’s arrest. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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