Bahrain-Israel set to establish diplomatic relationship
Published: 05:57 PM, 18 October 2020 Updated: 06:22 PM, 18 October 2020
Israel and Bahrain are set to sign a declaration aimed at establishing diplomatic relations and peace between the two countries. An Israeli delegation accompanied by the US treasury secretary flew to Bahrain on Sunday to formalize the relations and broaden Gulf cooperation
Bahraini Foreign Minister Adullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, who signed the countries’ the peace declaration in Washington last month, and Undersecretary of International Affairs Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa greeted the Israeli and American officials in Manama.
Al-Ziyani told the delegations that he is looking forward to working with Israel and US to promote peace.
Al-Ziyani said,“We are doing this with optimism that this peace will bring security and stability to the region and allow young people in the region to realize their aspirations.
“We are laying the groundwork for relations between us and a partnership with the US. I hope this visit will be a step towards a flourishing Middle East in which all countries solve conflicts through dialogue,” he added.
National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat led the Israeli delegation, and was joined by Prime Minister’s Office Acting Director-General Ronen Peretz and Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz, as well as top officials from the Tourism and Communications Ministries.
Ben-Shabbat said Israel and Bahrain are similar in many ways, in that they are small geographically and have small populations, but "a pioneering spirit."
Referring to the Torah portion read the day before, in which God separates darkness from light, Ben-Shabbat added: "Together we will spread light and increase the good."
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman were on the flight, as well, to facilitate the talks between Israel and Bahrain.
Earlier, on September 15, Israel and Bahrain agreed to normalize relations with the United States. Among the Arab countries, the UAE and Bahrain are the third and fourth countries, respectively, to agree to normalize relations with Israel.