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Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Israel to Host Blinken and FMs of UAE, Morocco, and Bahrain in ‘Historic Summit’

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will host his counterparts from the US, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco for a “historic diplomatic summit” this week, the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday, March 25.

The summit is set to take place on Sunday and Monday, according to the statement, which said more details would follow.

The announcement came a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced his visit to Israel and the West Bank, a move that had taken some analysts by surprise as the top US diplomat had visited less than a year ago and is not expected to announce a major diplomatic initiative.

Blinken will be joined by the UAE’s Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain’s Abdullatif bin Rashid Al- Zayani, and Morocco’s Nasser Bourita in the latest gathering that would likely not have taken place if not for the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Israel has made strengthening the accords a top priority, scheduling regular diplomatic meetings with member countries. It also is looking to expand the agreements to include other countries as well.

Sunday’s meeting of foreign ministers took place less than a week after Bennett traveled to the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for the first-ever trilateral summit with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan — another development likely made possible by the Abraham Accords. (TOI / VFI News)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” - Matthew 5:9