Israeli FM to attend conference with Arab counterparts in March

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Tel Aviv: Israeli Overseas Minister Eli Cohen introduced his plan to attend a convention in March together with his counterparts from Arab nations which have normalized relations with the Jewish state.

Cohen, who took workplace final week in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right coalition authorities, stated the convention can be hosted by Morocco, Xinhua information company reported citing an announcement issued by the Overseas Ministry right here.

The ministry’s director-general is scheduled to attend a working assembly subsequent week with Arab counterparts in Abu Dhabi to organize the assembly, he added.

Cohen was referring to the Negev Discussion board, a international ministerial-level framework established by Israel, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, the UAE and the US in 2022 to develop Israeli-Arab relations, particularly after the normalization Abraham Accords Israel reached with Bahrain, Morocco and the UAE in 2020.

“Expanding the Accords to other countries is not a matter of ‘if’ but of ‘when’,” Cohen stated.

The Minister added that Israel’s ties with the Arab nations would lead to $2.85 billion in commerce in 2022 and “a significant contribution to security … and regional stability”.

Netanyahu, who was sworn in for a sixth time period final week, has expressed hope of forming official ties with Saudi Arabia.

Previously, Riyadh has conditioned any diplomatic progress with Israel on progress towards an answer to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

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