Tuesday, October 4, 2022

U.S. Blinken to hold ‘historic’ talk in Israel with Arab region counterparts

Discussions would focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Iran’s “destabilising activities” and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

• March 27, 2022
U.S Secretary of States Antony Blinken (Credit: Financial Times)
U.S Secretary of States Antony Blinken (Credit: Financial Times)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived Israel on Sunday, ahead of a meeting with top envoys from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt.

In Jerusalem, Mr Blinken would first meet with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, who is also set to take part in the high-level talks later in the day.

The U.S. official’s trip to the region focuses on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however, other topics, including Iran’s “destabilising activities” and Israeli-Palestinian relations were also on the agenda, according to the U.S. State Department.

Mr Blinken would also visit the occupied West Bank, Morocco and Algeria on Wednesday.

Sunday’s six-nation talks, which were being hailed as “historic’’ by Israel, are to be held in the southern Israeli desert village of Sde Boker, regarded as symbolic of the Zionist pioneer spirit.

The graves of Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion and his wife Paula are located there.

Meetings and statements are scheduled for Monday.

In September 2020, Israel signed agreements officially normalising diplomatic relations with Bahrain and the UAE in Washington.

The rapprochement was mainly driven by economic concerns but also to form an alliance against Iran.

Previously, only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, had maintained diplomatic relations with Israel.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

FCTA demolish 700 illegal structures built on swamps


FCTA removes 700 illegal structures in flood-prone areas

The illegal structures erected in swampy areas were inhabited by over 1,000 petty traders, comprising young men, women, middle aged and the old.


Police commission dismisses seven officers, demotes 10 for gross misconduct

A letter of warning was also issued to two officers while four were exonerated.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong


Lalong warns new commissioners not to mismanage Plateau funds

The governor told the commissioners that they were appointed not to make money but to serve the people.


Rape: Italy requests extradition of ex-football star Robinho

The ex-AC Milan winger was sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy for allegedly raping a woman in a discotheque with five other men in 2013.



ACCE postpones annual conference over ASUU strike

The council said the postponement was its way of publicly declaring its support for ASUU’s struggle to rescue the public university system from collapse.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Bola Tinubu


Massive crowd at Ndigbo APC town hall meeting for Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu

The group was made up of Ndigbo from the 20 local government areas and the 37 local council development areas of the state.