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Lapid's Washington trip to include trilateral meeting with Blinken, top UAE diplomat

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) welcomes Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ahead of their meeting in Rome, on June 27, 2021.
Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFPUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) welcomes Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ahead of their meeting in Rome, on June 27, 2021.

The diplomats will first convene in separate bilateral meetings and then in a trilateral setting

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Washington later this week, the US State Department said Saturday.   

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The diplomats will first convene in separate bilateral meetings and then in a trilateral setting, according to the press release. 

They will "discuss progress made since the signing of the Abraham Accords last year, future opportunities for collaboration, and bilateral issues including regional security and stability."

The United Arab Emirates last year became the first Arab state to normalize relations with Israel since Egypt and Jordan decades earlier, with Bahrain and Morocco following suit soon afterward.

Biden has backed the deals since taking office in January, and senior aides have said they were working to get additional Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel.

Blinken had met virtually in September with Lapid and top Emirati foreign policy adviser Anwar Gargash, as well as top diplomats from Bahrain and Morocco.

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