Antony Blinken
Antony BlinkenReuters

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke today with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen to congratulate him on his appointment and underscore the United States’ abiding commitment to the US-Israel partnership and to Israel’s security.

Blinken discussed continued US efforts to advance mutual interests such as Israel’s further regional integration, address shared challenges including Iran threat, and promote the values that have been at the heart of the bilateral relationship for decades.

The Secretary of State emphasized the continued US commitment to a two-state solution and opposition to policies that endanger its viability.

In addition, Foreign Minister Cohen and Secretary Blinken discussed the various aspects of the Iranian threat with the Foreign Minister expressing Israel's determination to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.

Cohen also presented his view on the Palestinian issue and emphasized the great severity in which he sees the PA's appeal to the International Court of Justice. He also thanked Blinken for his country's leadership on the issue.

Blinken and Cohen agreed to continue working directly in the face of common challenges.