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Report: Blinken to say expects Israel’s group of friends to grow wider this year

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will say in prerecorded remarks for Israel’s Independence Day celebrations that he expects “Israel’s group of friends to grow even wider in the year ahead,” Channel 12’s US correspondent Yuna Leibzon tweets.

He will add that the Biden administration will continue to push for more countries to normalize relations with Israel.

The full statement will air at an event hosted by Israel’s Embassy to the US later tonight.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a virtual meeting with Mexican Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier, who is in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in the Benjamin Franklin room at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
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