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Gantz arrives in Bahrain to sign security agreements, in first official visit

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz lands in the Bahraini capital Manama, in his first official visit to the island kingdom, to sign security agreements with his Bahraini counterpart as the two nations look to further solidify their ties.

For security reasons, Gantz’s landmark trip was kept secret until he landed in Manama, and details of his schedule in the island kingdom are similarly not immediately permitted for publication.

Gantz is scheduled to spend just over 24 hours in the Persian Gulf country, meeting with top Bahraini officials, including King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Minister of Defense Affairs Abdullah Bin Hassan Al Noaimi, before returning to Israel late Thursday night.

An Israeli plane carrying Defense Minister Benny Gantz is seen on the tarmac after landing in Manama, Bahrain, February 2, 2022 (Judah Ari Gross)

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