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Blinken lauds ‘significant’ first post-normalization visit by Lapid in Morocco

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12.08.2021

NEW YORK — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Wednesday’s visit by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Morocco as Jerusalem and Rabat build on the normalization agreement signed last year between their two countries.

Blinken in a statement called the visit along with the upcoming reopening of the Israeli liaison office in Rabat “significant for Israel, Morocco, and the broader region.”

“The United States will continue to work with Israel and Morocco to strengthen all aspects of our partnerships and create a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous future for all the people of the Middle East,” Blinken added.

The Biden administration says that the normalization agreements brokered by the previous White House were among the few Trump foreign policy initiatives it supports and seeks to build on. There were reports earlier this year that US President Joe Biden will appoint a special envoy tasked with advancing normalization between Israel and the Arab world, however no such announcement has been made.

Analysts speculate that while the Biden administration may support the initiative in theory, it may be........

© The Times of Israel


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