United States to Encourage More Countries to Join Abraham Accords: UN Ambassador

The United States would like more countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel after the Abraham Accords, US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said during her first visit to Israel on Monday.

After a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Thomas-Greenfield tweeted: “Encouraged to hear about the tangible progress of the Abraham Accords during my meeting with [Lapid]. The United States will continue to encourage countries in the region to normalize relations and expand cooperation with Israel, including at the UN. “

Thomas-Greenfield is “a true friend who fights shoulder to shoulder with us in one of the most complex areas of the international community,” Lapid said. “Our friendship is based not only on mutual interests, but on shared values ​​and a shared worldview.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the ambassador that “there is a significant difference between the reality in Israel and what is heard from us in the corridors of the UN.”

He thanked him for presenting “justice and reason in an institution that we can both objectively say is biased against Israel.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021 (Credit: CHAIM TZACH / GPO)

Bennett said Thomas-Greenfield can see Israel’s “vibrant democracy” while in Israel and expressed hope that he will get a better idea of ​​the challenges he faces, including Iranian-backed terrorist organizations.

Earlier, Thomas-Greenfield met with President Isaac Herzog and said the United States “looks forward to working with him on the many issues that unite us.”

Herzog and Thomas-Greenfield discussed strategic issues and the president thanked him for being with Israel at the UN.

Thomas-Greenfield also met with Transport Minister and Labor leader Merav Michaeli, then tweeted that “as [US President Joe Biden, Michaeli] knows that infrastructure is a national security issue. And I applaud their work to promote gender equality in all areas of society.

Thomas-Greenfield also visited Yad Vashem and said she was “deeply moved” by the experience.

    Israeli President Isaac Herzog with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021 (Credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM / GPO) Israeli President Isaac Herzog with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021 (Credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM / GPO)

“Thank you to all who participated in the creation of this institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and education and the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion,” he tweeted.

The ambassador’s visit was the first by a member of US President Joe Biden’s cabinet to the new government in Jerusalem.

Thomas-Greenfield was accompanied by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, on the trip.

On Tuesday, he is expected to go on a security-focused tour to the Gaza and Lebanon borders, led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Herzy Halevy.

The ambassador will also visit Ramallah and Amman on her visit to the region.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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