A planned regional visit by US President Joe Biden this week will lead to a common market in the Middle East, Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman voiced hope for on Monday.
As part of a regional tour that also includes the West Bank city of Ramallah and Saudi Arabia, Biden is scheduled to arrive in Israel on July 13.
“The creation of a new, common market in the Middle East. That’s the big challenge,” Lieberman said, in response to a question on what he expects to arise from Biden’s visit.
He added, “It will change the reality here from end to end, in both the fields of security and of economics. Therefore, I hope the emphasis during Biden’s visit will be on creating this new market in the Middle East.”
In a move decried by Palestinians as a “stab in the back”, Israel signed US-sponsored agreements to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco in 2020.