This Is What's Behind Blinken's Middle East Visit

For Blinken and the Biden administration, the trip is largely dedicated to ensuring that all of its highly skeptical Middle Eastern allies understand its position on the Iran deal

Ben Samuels
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel late Saturday night with several pressing matters on his agenda, the first stop on his whirlwind tour of the Middle East and North Africa.

After Israel, Blinken will visit the Palestinian Authority, Morocco and Algeria. In Israel, he is meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his counterparts from the UAE, Morocco, Bahrain, and Egypt. The highest-priority issues for them in their dialogue with the U.S. is their concern over an imminent Iran nuclear deal, while continuing to build momentum behind the Abraham Accords and deepening ties with Israel and its nascent Gulf allies.

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