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Herzog announces plans to visit Bahrain in coming months

President Isaac Herzog and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan shake hands during a reception hosted by the UAE to mark the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords, September 15, 2022. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
President Isaac Herzog and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan shake hands during a reception hosted by the UAE to mark the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords, September 15, 2022. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

President Isaac Herzog says he plans to soon visit Bahrain, as he attends a reception hosted by the United Arab Emirates to celebrate two years since Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi normalized diplomatic ties.

“I intend to visit Bahrain in the coming months as the guest of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in order to continue exploring together new ways to enhance our nations’ cooperation, for the sake of the peace, prosperity and success of our entire region,” Herzog says.

In a shoutout, Herzog hails visiting UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan “as a central actor” in the Abraham Accords, a series of US-brokered deals that also saw Israel agree to establish relations with Bahrain and Morocco.

Sudan is also a party to the accords, but the normalization process with Israel has since stalled.

“I wish to note my positive conversations this past year with the leaders of the government of Sudan, reflecting, I believe, a mutual desire to continue deepening relations between our countries,” Herzog says. “All Israeli governments have a commitment to this dramatic transformation and to these accords, and the Israeli people salute our new friends with a joyous and open heart.”

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