Sullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: report

Sullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: report
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National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden to receive 'regular updates' about Michigan school shooting Biden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE raised the possibility of Saudi Arabia normalizing relations with Israel during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, U.S. and Saudi sources told Axios.

During a meeting in the city of Neom late last month, the crown price reportedly did not reject the notion.

The Saudis gave Sullivan a list of steps that would need to be taken, some of which involved improving bilateral ties between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, the outlet reported.


The National Security Council did not have any comment when reached by The Hill.   

The Biden administration has largely distanced itself from Saudi Arabia after the warm embrace the nation got from former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE. Earlier this year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report directly accusing the Saudi crown prince of approving the 2018 killing of U.S-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

But Axios reported that a move to normalize Saudi relations with Israel would likely come as part of a larger plan that would include Israel taking steps regarding Palestine — and the U.S.'s own steps to restore ties with Saudi Arabia.

Getting Saudi Arabia to sign on to the Abraham Accords could convince other Arab and Muslim countries to do the same. 

The Trump-era peace treaty, which was brokered last yearcurrently includes Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan.

During a news briefing alongside Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense & National Security — Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Kremlin claims Ukraine may try to win back rebel-controlled regions by force Blinken: Iran actions risk collapse of new talks MORE last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said his country wants to expand the list of those involved.

“Yes, we want to expand the Abraham Accords. We’re working on expanding the Abraham Accords. But first and foremost, and we’ve discussed this today at length, we want to make sure the current agreements we have will be a success story,” Lapid said.