WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released a statement following President Trump’s announcement of a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates:

“I want to congratulate President Trump and the governments of both Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on agreeing to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE. This development would have been unthinkable during previous administrations and speaks to the Trump Administration’s determination to bring the nations of the Middle East together based on common ground, common goals, and common challenges.

“This announcement only furthers the sharp contrast between the Trump Administration’s successful foreign policy and the disastrous foreign policies of the Obama-Biden Administration. Gone are the days of appeasing Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, with pallets of cash and sweetheart deals.

“This historic achievement — a diplomatic breakthrough that will shape the course of events in the Middle East for decades to come — is a major credit to the efforts of Secretary Mike Pompeo and the Trump Administration’s tireless efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

“World leaders across the globe know they have a reliable partner and peacemaker in President Trump. We cannot afford to go back — President Trump’s vision for peace in the Middle East moves constantly forward for the benefit of all.”