WASHINGTON (Dispatches) – The U.S. is promoting "non-belligerence” pacts between the Zionist regime and Arab nations as a prelude to normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime.
Deputy national security adviser to the U.S. president, Victoria Coates, proposed the initiative to ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Morocco in Washington, U.S. news website Axios cited U.S., Zionist regime and Arab sources as saying.
During the talks, which took place last week, Coates announced Washington’s backing for "non-belligerence” pacts with the occupying regime, asking the Arab representatives for their positions.
The ambassadors said they would declare their positions after reporting to their capitals, Axios said.
The pacts are regarded as "an interim step between the secret relations Israel has with those countries now and full diplomatic relations,” the report added.
On Monday and Tuesday, an inter-agency team headed by Coates also met with a delegation led by the Zionist regime’s foreign ministry regarding the agreements.
Axios said that the talks were in a preliminary stage.
Washington’s push for non-belligerence pacts with the regime is built on an initiative proposed by Zionist foreign minister Israel Katz, the report wrote.
The foreign minister was reported to have raised the matter in a meeting with Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi in September.
The developments come as the Zionist regime and certain Persian Gulf countries have been gradually expanding public cooperation in the past year in what observers believe has been largely due to a shared interest in targeting Iran.
In October 2018, the regime’s culture and sports minister Miri Regev paid a visit to the Emirates. That same month, Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first prime minister of the occupying regime to visit Oman in more than 20 years.
Arab leaders have generally sought to deny relations with Tel Aviv fearing the backlash of domestic public opinion which is usually heavily supportive of the Palestinian cause.