Israel normalisation: Bennett to meet UAE, Bahrain ministers in New York
The meetings with Bahrain's foreign minister and a UAE minister were announced by Bennett in a statement on Saturday, and will take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
At the time, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington planned to "encourage more countries" to normalise relations with Israel.
"We want to widen the circle of peaceful diplomacy, because it is in the interests of countries across the region, and around the world, for Israel to be treated like any other country," Blinken said.
Countries that refuse to establish relations with Israel generally do so in protest of Israel's occupation of Palestine, with recent agreements shattering a longstanding Arab consensus that there should be no normalisation with Israel until it reaches a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians.
Blinken acknowledged the issue during last week's ceremony, saying: "We all must build on these relationships and growing normalisation to make tangible improvements in the lives of Palestinians, and to make progress toward the long-standing goal of advancing negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita echoed Blinken's remarks, saying normalisation was no substitute for an accord between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
"Morocco believes that there is no other alternative to a two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state," he said.
Both the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, have condemned the normalisation deals as a "stab in the back" of their people.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who visited Dubai in June, is expected to travel to Bahrain later this month for what would mark the first such visit by an Israeli minister.