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Blinken to meet Israeli, UAE counterparts next week

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WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet together with his Israeli and United Arab Emirates counterparts next week to focus on progress made on the so-called Abraham Accords as properly regional safety, the U.S. State Department mentioned on Saturday.

Blinken will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed on Wednesday in separate bilateral conferences and in a trilateral setting, the State Department mentioned in a press release.

“They will discuss progress made since the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, future opportunities for collaboration, and bilateral issues including regional security and stability,” the State Department mentioned.

Blinken final month pledged to encourage extra Arab international locations to normalize relations with Israel as he hosted a digital assembly with Israeli and Arab counterparts to mark the primary anniversary of the set of landmark diplomatic agreements. learn extra

The leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords, broadly seen as a diplomatic success for former President Donald Trump, on the White House in September of final 12 months.

Israel and Sudan introduced within the following month that they’d normalize relations, and Morocco established diplomatic ties with Israel in December, after President Joe Biden defeated Trump within the U.S. election.

Biden has backed the offers since taking workplace in January, and senior aides have mentioned they have been working to get further Arab international locations to normalize relations with Israel after many years of enmity.

Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis
Editing by Alistair Bell

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives for a joint news conference with Mexico's Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, Mexico, October 8, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS

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