Blinken to host event to mark anniversary of Israel-Arab normalization deals

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September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a virtual meeting on Friday with his counterparts in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to mark the first anniversary of normalization agreements between the Arab countries and Israel, a US official said.

The event will be the Biden administration’s highest-profile display of support for the so-called Abraham Accord, which was widely seen as a diplomatic success for former President Donald Trump’s administration.

President Joe Biden has backed the deals since taking office in January, and senior aides have said he is working to bring in additional Arab countries to normalize ties with Israel after decades of hostility. Were. But the administration had so far been silent on the idea of ​​celebrating the anniversaries of the agreements.

A State Department official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the meeting’s plans, first reported by the Axios News website.

The leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the Abrahamic Agreement at the White House in September last year. Israel and Sudan announced the following month that they would normalize ties, and Morocco established diplomatic ties with Israel in December after Biden defeated Trump in the US election.

Palestinian officials said they felt they were betrayed by their Arab brothers into reaching those deals with Israel without seeking progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnik; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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