Pukhtun Nama Report
The US administration will intensify efforts to bring peace to the Arab world and Israel by sending two senior officials on two separate trips to the Middle East this week.
The visits by US officials are being seen as an attempt to include more countries in the wake of a recent agreement to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the Associated Press, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior adviser to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kishner are expected to meet separately with leaders of several Middle Eastern countries.
Foreign Minister Pompeo will travel to Israel, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Sudan on Sunday, the diplomat was quoted as saying.
Kishner will visit Israel, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Marakish this week. The State Department has not yet formally announced the visits.
According to the Associated Press, diplomats say the two visits are unlikely to lead to a major announcement.
Jared Kishner (file photo)
However, the purpose of these two visits is to achieve at least another peace agreement between Israel and the Arab countries, which will seek to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and another country in the region.
During his visit to Qatar, Foreign Minister Pompeo is also expected to meet with representatives of the Afghan Taliban. The US diplomats will also discuss issues related to inter-Afghan peace talks and the withdrawal of US troops.
The historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel that President @realDonaldTrump helped craft is truly the most significant step forward for Middle East peace in two and a half decades. pic.twitter.com/VXu5q4xMPi
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 18, 2020
So far, the White House and State Department have not commented on the Middle East visits.
It should be noted that these efforts to normalize relations between Israel and the Arab countries have accelerated without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The surge in diplomatic efforts comes as the United States announced the resumption of all sanctions on Iran.
It may be recalled that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had announced on August 13 to restore full diplomatic relations. Under the US-backed agreement, Israel will no longer integrate the Palestinian territories
Some analysts are calling the Israel-UAE deal a major political victory for President Donald Trump ahead of the presidential election.
Experts say the agreement reflects the changing political situation in the Middle East and is due to the concerns of some Arab countries about Iran.
Following the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, President Trump said that other Arab countries should follow this step.