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Israeli foreign minister hosts Muslim diplomats for Ramadan break fast

We want to expand the Abraham Accords, Eli Cohen tells his guests.

Muslim diplomats attend an Iftar meal at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, April 2, 2023. Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Muslim diplomats attend an Iftar meal at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, April 2, 2023. Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Israel seeks to broaden peace in the region, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen told Muslim diplomats he hosted at his ministry in Jerusalem for the traditional Iftar break-fast meal on Sunday evening.

“I see great importance in strengthening the relationship between Israel and the countries of the region and maintaining freedom of worship in Israel for members of all religions,” Cohen added in a tweet.

He noted that Israel is working to expand the 2020 Abraham Accords that saw four Arab countries forge peaceful relations with the Jewish state under the administration of then-President Donald Trump.

“The Abraham Accords … have shown that it is possible to act together for the benefit and prosperity of our nations,” wrote Cohen.

The dignitaries who attended the evening meal were the ambassadors of Turkey and Egypt and the head of Morocco’s liaison office in Israel.

Also in attendance were representatives of the embassies of Albania, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Tanzania, Azerbaijan and Chad, with the latter two participating for the first time in the Iftar meal at the Foreign Ministry.

The ambassadors from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain did not attend the event, sending lower-level diplomats in their stead.

The signing of the Abraham Accords was Israel’s “greatest achievement in recent years,” Cohen said at the event.

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