“They are elbow to elbow”

A historic agreement has been signed in the White House. What is immediately noticeable in the photos: those involved do not keep their distance and no one is wearing a mask.

On Tuesday, representatives of several countries in the Middle East signed a joint agreement in Washington. US President Donald Trump acted as host. In addition to the political and historical explosiveness, there is another thing that moves users on Twitter: photos show the heads of state and ministers of foreign affairs close together. Whether on the balcony to greet the press or a little later during a ceremony.

“Some of the guests didn’t wear masks, even in the front row of the signing ceremony. And everyone is elbow to elbow, regardless of social distance,” tweeted Mark Knoller, correspondent for the US news channel CBS.

The comments below his post are devastating in part. “I only count five of the 33 people who wear a mask. They are not ‘a few’, that’s the vast majority,” writes one user. Another user is outraged: “Trump wants us to believe the virus is over, even though he doesn’t know it. He’s not interested in public safety, he’s only interested in the public image.”

Twitter user Melissa Burton ironically writes of a photo from the ceremony: “Keep touching your face if you haven’t inhaled enough Covid-19 particles yet.”

User Dave Thomas, on the other hand, writes, “It’s called moving on with life. How about focusing on the right story of the day?”

With the agreement, Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain want to pave the way for peace in the Middle East. In the presence of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE and Bahrain Foreign Ministers, Abdullah bin Sajid and Abdullatif al-Sajani, sealed diplomatic relations in the White House in Washington.

With more than 6.5 million people infected (as of September 15, 10 p.m.), the US is the country most affected by the corona pandemic. More than 195,000 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Israel is also badly affected by the virus. Due to the increasing number of cases, the government has decided to close again from Friday.

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