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Lapid officially inaugurates Israeli Embassy in Bahrain

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani open Israel’s embassy in Manama, on September 30, 2021. (Shlomi Amsallem/GPO)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani open Israel’s embassy in Manama, on September 30, 2021. (Shlomi Amsallem/GPO)

MANAMA — Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani officially open Israel’s Embassy in Manama, the capital of Bahrain.

“May our people live in peace and prosperity forever,” says Lapid. He adds in Hebrew: “Israel made a major, historical step today in the Gulf.”

“It is an unmistakable signal to all that we are determined,” says Zayani. “We are not done.”

Maggie Nardi, the US chargé d’affaires in Bahrain, who is attending the event, says that the inauguration is “a great honor for the United States.”

The embassy is located on the 29th floor of the Bahrain World Trade Center. Longtime diplomat Eitan Na’eh has been tapped to serve as the first Israeli ambassador to Bahrain, although his nomination has yet to be confirmed. The Bahraini ambassador to Israel took up his position earlier this month.

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