World Israel says formal diplomatic ties with Bahrain to begin Sunday

10:20  18 october  2020
10:20  18 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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On Sunday , 18 October, a delegation of Israeli and US officials will fly to Bahrain to negotiate cooperation agreements and finalise a peace treaty Earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi stated that peace deals with Arab countries became possible only after years of diplomatic efforts

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 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, Donald Trump, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan standing in front of a building: From left: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed wave from the White House balcony after signing the Abraham Accords [File: Tom Brenner/ Reuters] © From left: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Mini... From left: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed wave from the White House balcony after signing the Abraham Accords [File: Tom Brenner/ Reuters]

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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Israel is trying to establish a diplomatic relationship with Bahrain , according to Channel 2 and Earlier on Sunday , Netanyahu had hinted to further developments with establishing ties with Arab Netanyahu referred to his official visit to Oman a month ago, and said that "there will be similar visits

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 (UAE) 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.

The delegation, led by Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, will be accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, whose office said the mission seeks “expanded economic cooperation” among Israel, Bahrain and UAE.

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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

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.

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.

Mnuchin and another senior Trump aide, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, will continue on Monday to the UAE, whose accord with Israel has opened up the possibilities of bilateral commerce. On Tuesday, the US dignitaries will accompany the UAE’s first delegation to Israel.

The Palestinian leadership condemned the Gulf agreements with Israel as “a stab in the back” for Palestinian 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 states in the Middle East 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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