Egypt’s FM to join summit of Arab, U.S diplomats in Israel

Mar 26, 2022: According to an AFP report, Egypt’s foreign minister will take part in groundbreaking talks in Israel from Sunday alongside his counterparts from the U.S and three Arab states as per Israeli officials.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Saturday that Sameh Shukri was being hosted by U.S Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco by his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid and will be involved in a series of meetings.

The two-day meeting in Israel follows a three-way summit hosted by Egypt on Tuesday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, after decades of enmity and conflict. Jordan followed suit in 1994.

The two-day event will take place in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a conflict that has raised broader security concerns and pushed up oil and food prices. This comes at a time when the United States is close to reaching an agreement with Iran to restore the 2015 agreement that would limit Tehran’s nuclear activities and in return lift sanctions on the country.

The UAE established diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020 in connection with the US-brokered agreements known as the Abraham Accords. Bahrain and Morocco followed suit, while Sudan also agreed to normalize relations with Israel, although it has not yet finalized an agreement.

The agreement reached under former U.S President Donald Trump breaks the decades-old Arab consensus that relations with Israel will not last as long as the Palestinian issue remains unresolved.

The “historic summit” announced Friday by Israel will mark the first time the foreign ministers of the Emirates and Morocco make a public visit to the Jewish state.

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