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Israel wants to conclude non-aggression agreements with Gulf countries

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said he is promoting an initiative to conclude non-aggression agreements with the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.

In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017 photo, Israel’s transportation and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

“Recently, with the support of Prime Minister [Israel Benjamin Netanyahu], I have been promoting a diplomatic initiative to sign non-aggression agreements with the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf. This historic step will put an end to the conflict and will allow us to develop civilian cooperation before signing peace agreements,” he wrote Katz.

The minister also said that “during a visit to the UN, he presented this initiative to the foreign ministers of the Arab countries and the US special representative at international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt.”

“I will continue to work to strengthen the status of Israel in the region and around the world,” he added. Katz represented Israel at the UN General Assembly in late September in New York

The Jewish state has established diplomatic relations with two Arab countries – Egypt and Jordan.

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