The United States is working to expand normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations, known as the Abraham Accords, and hopes restoring such ties can be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, senior State Department officials said on Tuesday. In a briefing with reporters previewing US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meetings on Wednesday with his Israeli and Emirati counterparts, officials repeated that the Abraham Accords were not a substitute for the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
“We continue to welcome the economic cooperation between Israel and all countries in the region. We hope that normalization can be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli-Palestinian tracks,” a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity said. Blinken is scheduled to host a trilateral meeting on Wednesday morning in Washington with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords.
The US-brokered pact originally included the UAE and Bahrain, with the later additions of Morocco and Sudan. A change of administration in Washington from former president Donald Trump to current President Joe Biden created uncertainty as to the future of the deal. However, the Biden administration has indicated its interest in strengthening and expanding the historic accord. The Abraham Accords circle could soon widen, according to senior Israeli officials.
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