Negev Summit countries to reconvene in Bahrain next month


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Negev Summit countries to reconvene in Bahrain next month
The delegates will discuss regional cooperation and security, health, education, tourism, food and water security, and energy.
Published: MAY 31, 2022

Senior officials from countries represented at this year’s Negev Summit plan to hold their first working meeting in Bahrain next month, sources confirmed from multiple countries involved. The foreign ministers of Israel, the US, the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt gathered in March at Sde Boker, in Israel’s South, for the Negev Summit, where they announced they would be working on myriad areas of shared interests.

The Foreign Ministry described the summit as creating “a regional security architecture that will build deterrence against threats from the air and sea,” with several of the foreign ministers specifically mentioning threats from Iran at the event. Top officials from the countries that participated in the Negev Summit, plus Jordan, are expected to attend the first follow-up meeting of a steering committee in Bahrain in mid-June, to be chaired by Bahraini Undersecretary for Political Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz is expected to represent Israel. A diplomat from one of the participating countries said they are “trying to put meat on the bone” of the Negev Forum.