WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) will attend the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House. The Abraham Accords represent the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The addition of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain brings the number of Arab countries with full relations with Israel to four.

Portman released the following statement: “I’m honored to attend the signing of the Abraham Accords which represent the establishment of full diplomatic relations between our allies Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. President Trump and his administration should be commended for their hard work to bring these peace agreements to fruition. This is a tremendous achievement that will help pave the way towards a more peaceful and prosperous Middle East.

“Today’s action gives me hope that we can build on this progress and encourage more allies in the region to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel. I’ve worked on bipartisan legislation with Senator Booker, the Strengthening Reporting of Actions Taken Against the Normalization of Relations with Israel Act, which would build upon the accords by encouraging more Arab states to foster better community engagement with Israel. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support this bipartisan effort.”