It includes Blinken, Lapid, and the foreign ministers of Morocco, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates
Yesterday (Friday), Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced that a “five-year meeting” will last for two days in Jerusalem, which will bring him together with his counterparts from the United States, Anthony Blinken, the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed, Bahrain Abdellatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, and Morocco, Nasser Bourita. This meeting will come days after the tripartite summit in Sharm el-Sheikh that brought together Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Lapid described the meeting as “historic”, as the first of its kind in the history of the region. It will be held in Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday, and there will be bilateral meetings and meetings with the participation of the five ministers, to discuss “regional and global issues of interest to the participants and their countries.” Lapid made it clear that he intends to invite this meeting on the occasion of Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, where he will meet Bennett and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, and he will also visit other countries in the region.
During his tour, the US State Department said that Blinken will discuss the war in Ukraine, “Iran’s destabilizing activities, the Abraham Accords, and Israeli-Palestinian relations.”
In Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced yesterday that Bennett will visit Turkey soon. However, an Israeli source told the Israel Broadcasting Corporation (Kan 11), that Bennett’s visit to Turkey “is not currently planned.”