The administration of United States President Joe Biden will work closely with Israel on regional security issues and to build on the country’s regional normalization agreements, said White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
Sullivan made the vow during a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabbat.
According to an NSA statement, the top two security leaders “discussed opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, including by building on the success of Israel’s normalization arrangements with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.”
Sullivan also extended an invitation to begin a strategic dialogue in the near term, the statement said.
In related developments, US President Biden’s Middle East policy “will be to support a mutually agreed, Two State solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This, according to Acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Mills in statements to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.
Ambassador Mills said the Biden Administration advocates the Two State resolution, “in which Israel lives in peace and security, alongside a viable Palestinian state.”
He added that the White House intends to restore Palestinian aid and take steps to re-open diplomatic missions closed by the Trump administration, and will continue to urge other countries to normalize ties with Israel – while recognizing such accords should not serve as a “substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.”