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Israeli, U.S. officials on historic flight to UAE to formalise normalisation deal

WORLD NEWS: U.S., Israel, UAE to launch working groups at trilateral meeting on Wednesday -State Dept official

FILE PHOTO: Emirati, Israeli and American and flags fly upon the arrival of Israeli and U.S. delegates at Abu Dhabi International Airport, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will launch two new working groups on Wednesday, a senior State Department official said, as Washington hopes to expand the agreements between Israel and its neighbors known as the Abraham accords.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a trilateral meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the State Department on Wednesday. One working group will focus on religious coexistence and the other on water and energy issues, said the official, who briefed reporters ahead of the meeting on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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