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Blinken to hold virtual summit with Israel, UAE, Bahrain, Morocco

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center) welcomes Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ahead of their meeting in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center) welcomes Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ahead of their meeting in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet virtually on Friday with his counterparts from Israel and three Arab states on the anniversary of the normalization of ties, says the US State Department.

Blinken will meet the foreign ministers of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to “commemorate the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords and discuss ways to further deepen ties and build a more prosperous region,” a US State Department spokesperson says.

Notably absent from Friday’s commemoration is Sudan, whose new civilian-backed government — desperate for US support — promised Trump to move forward with Israel, but has since been hesitant in the face of public opposition.

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