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The text of the following statement was published by the Government of the United States of America, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Following the Negev Summit, held in Sde Boker, Israel in March this year, at which it was decided to form a framework for regional cooperation (the Negev Forum), the Governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and The United States, represented by senior officials from their respective foreign ministries, held the inaugural meeting of the Negev Forum Steering Committee in Manama, Bahrain on June 27, 2022. The main goal of the Committee is to further coordinate and promote our collective efforts. a common vision for the region. In this context, we have outlined a framework document for the Negev Forum, which sets out the objectives of the Forum, and the working methods of its four-part structure: the Ministry of Foreign Ministers, the Presidency, the Steering Committee and the Working Groups. .

This meeting shows the strength of our relations, our common commitment to cooperation, and the important opportunities unlocked by improved relations between Israel and its neighbors, showing what can be achieved by working together to overcome common challenges. The participants also stated that these relations could be used to create momentum in Israeli-Palestinian relations, to negotiate a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and as part of efforts to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.

The Steering Committee discussed the allocation of seats for each of the six Working Groups launched by the Ministers at the Negev Summit. The Working Groups should meet regularly throughout the year to promote initiatives that encourage regional integration, cooperation and development for the benefit of the peoples of the region and across various spheres, including initiatives that strengthen the Palestinian economy and improve the quality of life of Palestinians. The working group chairs are expected to regularly report progress to the Steering Committee. Working group chairs, with the consent of members, may invite non-member participants to participate in specific initiatives where their participation delivers a direct advantage to the stated purpose of the initiative.

The Working Groups are as follows:

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs, who are expected to meet annually, shall be the main board of the Forum. Israel continues to serve as Negev Forum President until the next Ministerial meeting.

The Steering Committee emphasized that deeper cooperation and improved understanding between our countries are fundamental to the success of the wider region.

We look forward to the next Ministerial meeting of the Negev Forum later this year, which will be preceded by a further meeting of the Steering Committee to be held in Israel.

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