Madrid, June 5 (Europa Press) –
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that a possible restoration of diplomatic ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia is a matter of “genuine interest” to Washington’s national security strategy.
“We believe we can and should play an essential role in this process,” Blinken said during a speech at a summit of the Public Affairs Committee. Committed to working on it.” United States and Israel.
In this sense, he insisted that “normalization” of relations with Riyadh must include a focus on “the well-being of the Palestinian people”. “The two-state solution may seem far-fetched, but we are committed to working with our allies to keep at least that horizon of hope alive,” he said.
His words come in the same week that he plans to visit Saudi Arabia to boost “strategic cooperation” on various global, regional and bilateral fronts such as security or trade.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has chosen on several occasions to initiate talks with Riyadh to establish diplomatic relations in line with the ‘Abraham Accords’, which saw Israel enter into agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco and allowed to start a relationship. Sudan. However, Saudi Arabia has said that the process should take place after a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
The situation regarding a possible peace process with the Palestinians – stalled since 2014 – is uncertain given the rise in tensions in recent months, especially since the coming to power of Netanyahu, who has strengthened operations in the West Bank and Has increased its firepower against Islamic. Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip.
United States and Iran
Blinken, on the other hand, has insisted that Israel currently faces “no threat” that is “as dangerous as Iran”, as the Iranian regime continues to seek to “wipe Israel off the map” while denying its existence. .
Their support for “(hostile) forces goes beyond the region, including drones that are used to kill Ukrainian civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure. In return, Russia supplies sophisticated weapons to Iran , ” he recalled.
Blinken has also emphasized that the United States believes that “diplomacy is the best way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon”, although he has made it clear that Tehran is “thus Should not be allowed to possess arms”.