WASHINGTON:America is working to broaden normalisation agreements between Israel and Arab nations, generally known as the Abraham Accords, and hopes restoring such ties may be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli and Palestinian battle, senior State Division officers mentioned on Tuesday.
In a briefing with reporters previewing U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s conferences on Wednesday along with his Israeli and Emirati counterparts, officers repeated that the Abraham Accords weren’t an alternative to the two-state resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.
“We proceed to welcome the financial cooperation between Israel and all nations within the area. We hope that normalisation may be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli-Palestinian tracks,” a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity said.
Blinken will first meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan separately at the State Department on Wednesday. He will then host a trilateral meeting with both of them, the first of its kind.
The leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords at the White House last September. The following month, Israel and Sudan announced they would normalize relations, and Morocco established diplomatic ties with Israel in December, after U.S. President Joe Biden defeated his predecessor Donald Trump in the election.
Palestinian officials said they felt betrayed by their Arab brethren for reaching deals with Israel without first demanding progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state. Until last year, only two Arab states – Egypt and Jordan – had forged full ties with Israel.
The U.S. officials did not say precisely how Washington aimed to use the normalisation agreements as a tool to make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
“Biden administration has started out with a clear commitment to the two-state solution. We continue on with that commitment. We seek to advance as we can, when we can, as best we can,” one of many U.S. officers mentioned.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood.
The three nations may even be organising two new working teams on the assembly, U.S. officers mentioned, with one group specializing in non secular coexistence and the opposite on water and power points.
“These working teams will search to understand that promise to hyperlink as much as essential U.S. companions within the area and discover new methods to unravel outdated issues collectively, in Israel and the UAE but additionally throughout the area,” one of the U.S. officials said.
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