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Blinken says he stressed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders US support for 2-state solution

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) speak at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on March 29, 2022. (Video screenshot)
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) speak at a press conference in Rabat, Morocco, on March 29, 2022. (Video screenshot)

Speaking at a press conference in Rabat with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he stressed to Israeli and Palestinian leaders earlier this week US support for a two-state solution.

He says that America supports a solution “that meets the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their entitlement to a state of their own, as well as, of course, ensuring the security of Israel, and its strength as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Blinken and Bourita were both at the Negev Summit in Israel the day before. Blinken jokes at the outset of the press conference, “It feels like I saw you yesterday.”

Blinken stresses that the Abraham Accords are “not a substitute for this outcome…but it can, I believe, reinforce it.”

All the attendees at the summit “talked about the need to advance that prospect and that horizon,” he says, “but in the meantime to do concrete things to help improve the lives of Palestinians.”

He says Morocco’s growing relationship with Israel will enhance its voice in promoting a two-state solution.

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