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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the recently-announced peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates:

“For the first time in a quarter of a century, the United States led in negotiating a peace deal in the Middle East. Today’s announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is an important step towards establishing long-term stability in the region.

“This President continues to deliver on the promises he made four years ago. Establishing diplomatic relations between two of America’s allies is key to protecting America’s interests and building a unified front against Iranian aggression. President Trump has ended the failed “lead from behind” strategy of the previous administration. This is what international diplomacy looks like with strong, American leadership.”