Blinken calls on other Arab countries to recognize Israel

On Friday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on other Arab countries to recognize Israel, during his meeting with his Emirati, Bahraini, Moroccan and Israeli counterparts on the first anniversary of the normalization agreements concluded by the three Arab countries with the Hebrew state with American mediation.

“We will encourage more countries to follow the example of the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco,” Blinken said during an online meeting with the four ministers. “We want to expand the circle of peaceful diplomacy.”

He revealed that the United States is seeking to improve the conditions of the Palestinians and advance negotiations between them and the Israelis.

On the other hand, Blinken said that the US administration will support relations between Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Morocco and the UAE.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, for his part, said that Ibrahim’s agreement has created a great momentum in Morocco and Israel’s relationship since the signing of the last agreement.

He revealed that his country is waiting for thousands of Israeli tourists who will visit Morocco this year.

While Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the UAE, said that the Ibrahim Agreement “breaking psychological barriers, and this is his most important achievement.”

“The Middle East region will move towards a level of cooperation that calls for pride,” he added.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in his intervention that Israel had signed a number of cooperation agreements in recent months with Morocco, Bahrain and the UAE, and said, “The Ibrahim Agreements Club remains open to other countries.”

The Ibrahim Agreement is the name given to a group of peace agreements concluded between Israel and Arab countries under the auspices of the United States.

The name was first used in a joint statement by Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, issued on August 13, 2020, and later used to refer collectively to the peace agreements signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and between Israel and Bahrain, and later Morocco and Sudan.


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