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Blinken says US ‘committed to advancing and expanding’ Abraham Accords

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

After meeting for the Negev Summit, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center left, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, shake hands with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, front left, and United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, front right, March 28, 2022, in Sde Boker, Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
After meeting for the Negev Summit, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center left, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, shake hands with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, front left, and United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, front right, March 28, 2022, in Sde Boker, Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration is “committed to advancing and expanding” the Abraham Accords normalization agreements Israel signed with several Arab states in 2020.

In a statement marking the two-year anniversary of the accords’ signing, Blinken says the diplomatic deals “have been transformational for Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco.”

“They have led to new forms of cooperation and regional integration in the Middle East and beyond, including the historic Negev Forum, which brought us together with Israel and its neighbors,” he continues, referring to the March summit of regional foreign ministers in Sde Boker where participants agreed to boost cooperation and make the gatherings a regular occurrence.

“We are committed to advancing and expanding upon these agreements between Israel and Arab and Muslim-majority countries to enhance regional security, prosperity, and peace. The United States looks forward to helping strengthen and deepen these partnerships in the years to come,” Blinken adds.

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