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Israel's Lapid discusses Iran, Abraham Accords, US-Israel ties in Washington

On a three-day visit in Washington, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met yesterday with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.
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An unnamed State Department official said this morning that the United States is working to expand the Abraham Accords normalizing relations between Israel and Arab nations. Briefing journalists ahead of the expected meeting today between Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the official said, "We continue to welcome the economic cooperation between Israel and all countries in the region. We hope that normalization can be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli-Palestinian tracks."

Lapid is meeting Blinken now for a trilateral meeting with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The three ministers will also dine together at Blinken’s invitation. Before leaving tomorrow, Lapid is scheduled to meet with the leadership of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. Yesterday, Lapid met with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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