Blinken to unite Israel, three Arab countries for anniversary of normalization

US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken will virtually reunite his counterparts from Israel and three Arab countries on Friday to mark the first anniversary of agreements to normalize their relations, the State Department said on Tuesday.

The Secretary of State will meet with the foreign ministers of the State of Hebrew, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to “commemorate the first anniversary of the signing of the Abrahamic accords and discuss ways of ‘deepen relationships and build a more prosperous region,’ said a spokesperson.

On September 15, 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Gulf countries to publicly normalize their relations with Israel, under the aegis of then-US President Donald Trump. Morocco and Sudan then followed suit.

Sudan will not be represented at the virtual meeting on Friday, without the State Department specifying the reason.

After coming to power, the government of President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken said they approved these agreements, considered one of the main diplomatic successes of their Republican predecessors.

This meeting, and the official use of the name “Abraham’s accords” that Democrats have long been reluctant to make their own, confirm this support.

After the Emirates and Bahrain, eyes have for a time been riveted on Saudi Arabia, the first Arab economic power, land of the holiest places of Islam and a close partner of the United States. But Riyadh rejected any normalization without a settlement of the Palestinian question.

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