World Israel says formal diplomatic ties with Bahrain to begin Sunday

08:16  18 october  2020
08:16  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Bahrain has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel , and will join the United Arab Bahrain has long advocated Israel ’s integration in the region. “The sand was loaded up with blood, and Kirsten Fontenrose, a former senior official in the Trump national security council, said Bahrain

Israel is working to normalize ties with Bahrain , as Jerusalem ramps up its drive to forge more open relations with the Arab world amid shifting alliances “It can be called breaking the ice,” he said . “We came here indeed with the desire to renew diplomatic relations. Your country is an important country.

Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations on Sunday at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official said, after the two states reached a US-brokered normalisation deal last month.

Benjamin Netanyahu et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: (L-R) Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan signed the 'Abraham Accords' at the White House in September © SAUL LOEB (L-R) Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan signed the 'Abraham Accords' at the White House in September

A visiting delegation from Israel and officials in Bahrain will sign a "joint communique (that) is the establishment of full diplomatic relations," an Israel official in Manama told reporters.

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The statement said Bahrain , Israel and the US will continue efforts “to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution to the Israeli -Palestinian conflict to enable the Palestinian Nations and stakeholders in Israeli -Palestine conflict react to Bahrain and Israel normalising diplomatic relations.

Israel is on the path to normalize diplomatic ties with the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain as the two countries draw closer over their shared hostility to Iran, with an announcement While a normalization of ties would likely not extend to the opening of diplomatic missions, the officials said the two

Once the text is signed at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday evening, Israel and Bahrain will be free to open embassies in each other's countries, the official said.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to normalise ties with Israel, following Egypt's peace deal with Israel in 1979 and a 1994 pact with Jordan.

Sunday's meeting follows a September 15 ceremony at the White House when Israel, the UAE and Bahrain inked the so-called "Abraham Accords" brokered by President Donald Trump's administration.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and special assistant for international negotiations, Avi Berkowitz, are due in Bahrain for the ceremony.

In addition to the joint communique establishing diplomatic ties, Israel and Bahrain are expected to sign "six to eight" MoUs, including on economic cooperation, the Israeli official said.

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Government sources confirm Israel and Bahrain are in talks to establish official relations, as Hani Marzouk, spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office for Arab media, said in remarks to the Israeli Israel has diplomatic relations with only two Arab countries - Egypt and Jordan - but Netanyahu has

A day after the announcement that Bahrain is establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel , a senior Foreign Ministry official said Saturday that Jerusalem would work to establish an embassy in Manama in the near future. “We will work to open an embassy in Bahrain as soon as possible,” the unnamed

The official said he could not outline the substance of all the agreements scheduled for signature on Sunday, but security cooperation is likely to feature prominently in bilateral talks.

Earlier this month, Israel's Mossad spy agency chief Yossi Cohen held talks in Bahrain with top security and intelligence officials on "topics of mutual interest," according to the Bahrain News Agency.

- Significant shift -

The Palestinians have condemned the Gulf agreements with Israel as "a stab in the back" for their aspirations to establish an independent state of their own.

The deals mark a distinct shift in a decades-old status quo where Arab countries have tried to maintain unity against Israel over its treatment of the stateless Palestinians.

Israel's right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that more Mideast states want ties with Israel as priorities have shifted, arguing that countries now value lucrative trade opportunities above the Palestinian conflict.

But key player Saudi Arabia has said it will not follow its allies Bahrain and the UAE in establishing diplomatic relations without a resolution to the Palestinian issue.

Israel's parliament on Thursday ratified the normalisation agreement with the UAE.

A separate vote on the Bahrain pact is expected once the details are finalised.


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