Government and Politics
January 13, 2023
Lankford, Rosen Lead Bipartisan Senate Delegation Visit to Abraham Accords Countries
WASHINGTON, DC — Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Jacky Rosen, co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, announced that they are leading a group of five Senators in a bipartisan delegation visit to the Abraham Accords member countries of Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Morocco. In visiting these countries, the Senators will see firsthand how the Abraham Accords have led to unprecedented regional integration and cooperation, and they will discuss ways in which these Accords can be strengthened and expanded to bring in other countries.
Lankford and Rosen will be joined by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Ted Budd (R-NC).
“As we continue to work for peace, my colleagues and I will continue to work with our allies in the Middle East. This time will be invaluable for members of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus as we continue to strengthen relationships throughout the region through reconciliation and common goals,” said Lankford. “In the days ahead, we will continue to bring nations together for the future of U.S. national interest and for our allies.”
“The historic Abraham Accords have transformed the Middle East – paving the way for unprecedented cooperation and normalization between Israel and Arab partners,” said Rosen. “The Accords are already contributing to all four countries’ economies and helping them work together to combat Iranian aggression. My colleagues and I look forward to meeting with senior government officials, business leaders, and civil society organizations to discuss how we can strengthen the relationships fostered by the Accords and expand them to new countries.”
Last year, Senators Rosen and Lankford, along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), launched the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus to build on the success of the historic Abraham Accords. For decades, Congress has played a key role in promoting peace between Israel and its neighbors. The Caucus provides an opportunity to strengthen the Abraham Accords by encouraging partnerships among the existing Abraham Accords countries and expanding the agreement to include countries that do not currently have diplomatic relations with Israel.