Bahrain names ambassador to Israel

Bahrain and Israel announce the appointment of an ambassador from Manama to the Jewish state.

A statement carried by the official Bahrain News Agency names the ambassador as Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahma.

Israel says al-Jalahma was approved after Bahraini Foreign Minister ‘Abd al-Latif al-Ziani floated his name on Sunday in a conversation with Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi and “relevant checks were made.”

Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahma. (Bahrain Foreign Ministry)

“The decision of the Bahraini government to appoint an ambassador to Israel is another important step in the implementation of the peace agreement between and of the strengthening of ties between the two countries,” Ashkenazi told al-Ziani, according to an Israeli statement.

“In the coming weeks, a team from Bahrain will arrive in Israel to make the necessary arrangements,” the statement says.