Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in a press conference along with top diplomats from Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE and the US said that they would work for peace in the region, stressing that the coalition of Middle Eastern countries “will deter” Iran and its proxies.
“The Mideast summit taking place in the Negev will be a regular forum” Lapid said, adding this meeting is the first of its kind and not the last.
“What we are doing here is making history, building a new regional architecture based on progress, technology, religious tolerance, security and intelligence cooperation,” Lapid told reporters.
Hinting to the Sunday’s attack in the city of Hadera in which two police officers were killed, Lapid said that Israel will not be intimidated by the terrorist attack.
“We will continue on our path, the path of peace and all foreign ministers participating in the summit condemned the attack.” Lapid added.
In the same press conference, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that such a meeting between Arab countries and Israel would have been “impossible to imagine” without Abraham Accords.
“An impossible thing has become possible,” Blinken said, assuring that the US will continue to strongly support a process that is transforming the region and beyond.
Meanwhile, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said that issues like Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, Hezbollah and the Iranian nuclear issue make the summit more important. Al Zayani also condemned the attack in Hadera, reiterating the Kingdom’s commitment to peace and coexistence.
Moreover, Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry said the summit also provided an opportunity to discuss issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and two-state soltuion.
Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said the presence of Arab diplomats in Israel was the best response to terror attacks like Sunday which took place in Hadera city.
The UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed called the summit a historic moment and said that 300,000 Israelis who visited the UAE over the past year and a half was a sign of “how much we want to know each other.”
Abdullah bin Zayed furthered that there is a need for a strong relationship because the Israel has been part of this region for a very long time.
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