US: Normalization of Israel's ties with Arab countries not to replace settlement

US: Normalization of Israel's ties with Arab countries not to replace settlement

The normalization agreements between Israel and the Arab countries cannot be a substitute for the settlement of the Middle East conflict, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

"I was in Jerusalem and also in Ramallah.  And one of the points that I made in both Jerusalem with Israeli counterparts, in Ramallah with President Abbas, is of course the United States continued, ongoing support for a two-state solution, an outcome that would meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their entitlement to a state of their own, as well as, of course, ensuring the security of Israel and its strength as a Jewish and democratic state," he said during a joint news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat.

"The normalization agreements and the work that Morocco and other countries are doing with Israel is not a substitute for this outcome, for two states.  But it can, I believe, reinforce it," Blinken stressed.

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