The Negev Summit in Israel concluded today, Monday, with the participation of the foreign ministers of the United States, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt. The final statement of the summit stressed the formation of security committees to confront Iran’s threats in the region, and a security network for early warning, noting that the summit will be held periodically.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that Negev summit A strong message to Iran, pointing out that it was not possible in the past, and that it will be expanded in the future.
He also added in the final statement of the regional summit, that this regional meeting is “the first of its kind and will not be the last, referring to the making of history through security cooperation in the region.”
In turn, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken affirmed his country’s solidarity with Israel and partners in the region against terrorism and violence.
“The Negev meeting was not possible in the past and will be expanded in the future,” he said, stressing the need to confront the threats of Iran and its proxies in the region.
Also, he emphasized working to improve opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians to live together.
Stand against terrorism
For his part, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani said it stands against terrorism in all its forms.
He added that the timing of the Negev summit is important because of the behavior of Iran’s militias in the region, pointing to work to achieve common security in the region, stressing support for the solution of an independent Palestinian state.
In addition, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry explained that the consultations at the Negev Summit aim to address the challenges in the region, stressing the importance of the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis, and support for the two-state solution on the 1967 borders.
For his part, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that the United States is a partner in promoting the peace process.
He added that his country has made a lot of progress in the relationship with Israel, pointing out that the diplomatic exchange with Israel will soon be increased.
He also made it clear that a solution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is possible, and added, “We are here to defend our values and interests and spread the spirit of coexistence.”
In turn, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed stressed that the summit was a historic moment for the participants, noting that it is an opportunity to build in the future.
“It is time to build strong relations in the region,” he added, stressing that “with cooperation, we can defeat terrorism and violence.”
The meeting of the six ministers began on Sunday evening, at a joint dinner for them and their staff, while Blinken had arrived in Israel, Saturday evening, and yesterday held successive meetings with his counterpart Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Isaac Herzog and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
It is noteworthy that relations between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain witnessed a rapprochement last year, after the signing of the Ibrahim Peace Agreement in late 2020 at the White House, and was based on establishing diplomatic relations between the two sides, and joint cooperation in several areas.