Blinken to Host Israeli, UAE Foreign Ministers for Three-way Meeting Next Week

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Yair Lapid at a news conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June.
Yair Lapid at a news conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in June.Credit: Christopher Pike / Reuters

Israel's foreign minister is set to meet his American and Emirati counterparts in Washington next week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and U.S. State Department said on Saturday.

According to the Israeli statement, ministers Yair Lapid and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken "will discuss progress in Israel-UAE ties over the past year," since the two countries signed a U.S.-brokered normalization deal.

In their Wednesday meeting, the three top diplomats will discuss "further opportunities to promote peace in the Middle East," as well as issues concerning regional stability and security, the Foreign Ministry said.

Blinken will also hold bilateral meetings with each of them earlier on the same day, the State Department said, adding they will discuss "future opportunities for collaboration."

Lapid visited the UAE in June for the inauguration of the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Israel and the UAE established full diplomatic relations last year as part of the Trump administration's Abraham Accords. The UAE was joined by Bahrain in normalizing ties with Israel, becoming the third and fourth Arab states to sign peace deals with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. Morocco later also resumed normal ties with Israel.

U.S. President Joe Biden has backed the deals since taking office in January, and senior aides have said they were working to get additional Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel after decades of enmity.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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