Laschet wants to advance Middle East policy in the Bundestag

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Wants to contribute his “contacts from recent years” for Middle East policy in the Bundestag: Armin Laschet (CDU) © Michael Kappeler / dpa

As a member of the Bundestag, the outgoing CDU chairman Armin Laschet wants to promote rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world.

Augsburg – There are many “Arab states that are approaching Israel diplomatically within the framework of the Abraham Accords Declaration – for the first time in decades of hatred,” said Laschet of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Friday). “This is a sensational development that Germany must support and as a member of parliament I want to take care of it intensively and bring in my many contacts from recent years,” said Laschet.

Laschet is preparing an online party conference with the CDU leadership on Friday. Ex-Union faction leader Friedrich Merz is to be elected his successor on Saturday. As a consequence of the disaster in the Bundestag elections, the CDU is changing its entire leadership. Laschet was only elected on January 16 last year, but had made his office available after the defeat as a candidate for chancellor. This makes him the chairman with the shortest term in office in the history of the CDU.

Israel signed the agreements known as the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020. Previously, only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, maintained diplomatic relations with Israel. The agreements followed mediation by the United States under then-President Donald Trump. Most Arab countries refused to recognize Israel for decades before the conflict with the Palestinians was resolved. (dpa)

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