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Lapid announces he will visit Bahrain later this month

FM will be first Israeli minister to visit Gulf kingdom since agreement last year to normalize diplomatic ties

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Bahrain Ambassador to Israel Khaled Yousef al-Jalahmah in the Knesset on September 2, 2021. (Elad Gutman)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Bahrain Ambassador to Israel Khaled Yousef al-Jalahmah in the Knesset on September 2, 2021. (Elad Gutman)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Friday that he will visit Bahrain later this month, the first such visit by an Israeli minister to the Gulf country following a diplomatic agreement reached last year.

 

Lapid announced the visit in a conference call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and officials from Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, which signed US-brokered agreements to normalize relations with Israel.

The officials hailed the so-called Abraham Accords, which have led to the opening of embassies, the launch of direct flights and a raft of agreements to boost economic ties. They expressed hope that the new relationships would be deepened and that other nations would follow suit.

“This Abraham Accords club is open to new members,” Lapid said, before announcing that he plans to visit Bahrain by the end of the month. He visited the UAE in June and Morocco in August.

On Tuesday, Bahrain’s first-ever ambassador to Israel Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahma presented his credentials to President Isaac Herzog.

Earlier this month, diplomat Eitan Na’eh was tapped to be Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain.

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