Lapid visiting Bahrain one 12 months after a US-brokered normalisation of ties between the 2 nations.
Israel’s high diplomat Yair Lapid marked his go to to Bahrain by opening an embassy in Manama, one 12 months after a US-brokered normalisation of ties between the 2 nations.
“We’ve got formally opened the Israeli embassy in Bahrain,” tweeted Lapid. “We agreed that by the top of the 12 months, there would be the opening of the Bahraini embassy in Israel.”
On Thursday, Lapid touched down at Manama airport simply over an hour earlier than a Gulf Air flight took off in the other way to Ben Gurion airport, marking the primary business flight between the 2 nations.
Touchdown in Manama on a aircraft daubed with an olive department portray, Lapid met King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Former US President Donald Trump solid normalisation agreements referred to as the “Abraham Accords” between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020.
Extra agreements have been reached to incorporate Morocco in December and Sudan in January this 12 months.
Lapid additionally toured the Bahrain headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which has confronted off Iranian vessels amid tensions over Tehran’s regional goals.
Bahrain Overseas Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani and Lapid additionally held a information convention, throughout which they signed numerous MoUs starting from cooperation in environmental conservation to sports activities.
“Your go to builds on the appreciable progress we now have already made … and underlines as soon as once more our shared want to unfold peace, stability, and cooperation throughout the Center East and obtain real and lasting safety and prosperity for its peoples,” stated al-Zayani.
Bahrain reaffirmed its dedication to the two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian battle, he added.
Lapid stated that he too was “a faithful supporter of the two-state resolution” however careworn he was not talking on behalf of the federal government.
“I feel it’s the best resolution for the individuals of Israel and the Palestinians, as nicely. Not everybody in our authorities thinks the identical,” he stated.
The accords have been denounced by Palestinians as abandoning a unified place beneath which Arab states would make peace provided that Israel gave up the occupied land.
In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem stated the go to represented “an encouragement” of what he described as Israeli “crimes towards our individuals”.