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Lapid meets Bahraini king during Manama visit

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Bahraini King Hamid bin Issa al Khalifa at his palace in Manama on September 30, 2021. (Shlomi Amsallem/GPO)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Bahraini King Hamid bin Issa al Khalifa at his palace in Manama on September 30, 2021. (Shlomi Amsallem/GPO)

MANAMA — Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with Bahraini King Hamid bin Issa al Khalifa at the royal palace in Manama.

“The leadership and inspiration of the king has led to real cooperation, and this meeting sets the course for the future of our relations,” says Lapid.

The sit-down is the first public meeting between the Bahraini king and an Israeli official. Lapid is in Manama on the first visit by an Israeli minister since the two countries normalized ties last year as part of the Abraham Accords. He is slated to attend the inauguration of the Israeli Embassy in Manama later today.

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