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On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Saudi Arabia to consider normalising relations with Israel as he visited the foreign minister of the Gulf country, also mentioning that Washington supports it with a “robust programme of arms sales”
Pompeo reported that at a meeting at the US State Department, he addressed the so-called Abraham Accords, a US-brokered deal to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel, with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
“We hope Saudi Arabia will consider normalising its relationships as well, and we want to thank them for the assistance they’ve had in the success of the Abraham Accords so far,” Pompeo said, adding that he hopes the nation will encourage Palestinian leaders or the Palestinian Authority to return to negotiations with Israel.
In a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last month signed agreements to normalise relations with Israel.
“They reflect a changing dynamic in the region, in which countries rightly recognise the need for regional cooperation to counter Iranian influence and generate prosperity,” Pompeo said
As the UAE and Bahrain did at the September 15 ceremony in Washington, the United States is trying to convince more Gulf countries to strike similar agreements with Israel.
Riyadh has stated that it is not able to take action on its own.
In return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967, Saudi Arabia drew up a 2002 initiative under which Arab nations offered to normalise ties with Israel.