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US, UAE, Bahrain and Israel vow to expand Abraham Accords in joint security meeting

January 19, 2023

National security advisers from the UAE, Bahrain, the US and Israel promised enhanced regional integration and co-operation after multilateral talks on Thursday, which focused on security and the climate crisis.

“The four counterparts looked forward to further deepening and expanding the progress achieved since the signing of the Abraham Accords,” a joint statement released by the White House said.

The 2020 Abraham Accords led to the UAE and Bahrain signing their first ever agreements with Israel. Morocco and Sudan followed suit.

The White House vowed to expand the accords in its National Security Strategy released last year.

Thursday's multilateral talks included discussions about utilising enhanced regional co-operation with Israel to boost food and water security, clean energy, emerging technologies and trade relations, Wam reported.

The online meeting brought together Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, UAE National Security Adviser, with his counterparts Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Jake Sullivan of the US and Tzachi Hanegbi of Israel.

They agreed to stay “in regular contact” to work on expanding participation to new partners and to co-ordinate on shared interests and challenges, the joint statement said.

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