Negev Summit to become permanent summit

The historic gathering in Israel of the foreign ministers of Israel, the US, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Morocco came to a close yesterday, marred by terrorist attack the previous night

Negev Summit to become permanent summit

Foreign Ministers of Israel, US, UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt delivering statements to the press, yesterday. Screenshot from Yair Lapid’s official Twitter account / GPO

The historic Negev Summit came to a close yesterday (Monday), marred by the shadow of the deadly terrorist attack in the Israeli city of Hadera the previous night, in which two citizens were killed.

Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapid, is hosting the US Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Egypt at the “Negev Summit”, currently underway in Israel’s southern region.  

“The terrorists’ goal is to intimidate us. To make us afraid to meet and build the relationships and agreements between us,” said Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, sharing the stage with his five counterparts, who all condemned the attack in their statements.

“They will not succeed. We will not let them. We have no intention of rewarding terrorists. We have no intention of letting them dictate our lives, or set our policy. Israel is a strong and proud country, and will never surrender to terror.” 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco Nasser Bourita, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Shoukry have all arrived in Israel to participate in the summit.

Lapid said that it has been decided to make this summit a permanent forum. “Together with our closest friend, the United States, we are today opening a door before all the peoples of the region, including the Palestinians, and offering them to replace the way of terror and destruction with a shared future of progress and success.”

There were no Palestinian participants in the summit.

 

 

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