US envoy to UAE, Pompeo receive award for Israel deal

Washington - John Rakolta was among the several top advisers who received award.

By Reuters

Published: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 7:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 24 Dec 2020, 8:26 AM

John Rakolta, US Ambassador to the UAE, received the national security award from President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his role in a peace deal between the UAE and Israel.

Rakolta was among the several top advisers who received awards for their role in helping broker agreements aimed at normalising relations between Israel and four Arab nations.

Trump awarded the National Security Medal to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

“Thanks to the efforts of these individuals, the region will never be the same as it finally moves beyond the conflicts of the past,” the White House said in a statement.

In the past four months, Israel reached deals with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco as part of what the US calls “the Abraham Accords.”

Senior US officials are hoping to seal one more agreement before Trump’s term expires on January 20.

The president’s authority to award the National Security Medal dates to 1953, under an executive order that allows for recognition for major contributions in the field of national security.


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