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‘We’ve only just begun’: Abraham Accords partners mark one year since signing

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NEW YORK — The UN ambassadors of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco marked the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords at a New York event on Monday, highlighting the swift development of ties between their countries since the normalization agreements were inked.

Hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN at Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, the event was attended by envoys from several other countries, including Oman’s deputy ambassador to the UN Ahmed Dawood Ali Al Zadjal, whose country does not have official diplomatic relations with Jerusalem.

The Trump administration, which brokered the accords, sought a last-minute push for Oman and Israel to normalize ties, but Muscat resisted, saying it wanted to see progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace first.

Absent from Monday’s event, however, was any representative from Sudan, which signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties last October. The deal has yet to be finalized though and has faced considerable opposition within Sudan. A diplomatic official told The Times of Israel that Sudan’s UN mission received an invitation, but decided against attending the ceremony.

Arguably the event’s highest-ranking official was US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Speaking after her four colleagues, the envoy praised the Abraham Accords participants for transforming “ink on a page to concrete improvements between countries.”

Thomas-Greenfield listed the recent opening of embassies, appointments of ambassadors, launching of direct flights and observation of Holocaust Remembrance Day among the many fruits of the normalization agreements in the past year.

Like most Biden officials, she refrained from referring to the agreements as the “Abraham Accords,” in an apparent effort to distance herself from the Trump administration-coined term. However, she pledged to work to develop the existing normalization agreements and to establish new allies for Israel in the Arab and Muslim world.

Thomas-Greenfield did not provide any details for how the administration plans to go about........

© The Times of Israel

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