Rivlin hosts delegation from Bahrain coexistence center

President Reuven Rivlin hosts representatives from Bahrain’s King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence at his Jerusalem residence, his office says.

The delegation is led by a member of the royal family, Sheikh Khaled al-Khalifa Dubaij al-Khalifa, who is president of the board of governors at the center, which was established in 2018.

“Both Israel and Bahrain value freedom of religion and tolerance, and see the different communities that make up their societies as a source of strength. As the His Majesty King Hamad said so beautifully in his declaration, religion must be a power for harmony and cooperation around the world. We must not allow religion to be an excuse for violence,” says Rivlin during the meeting.

The meeting comes two months after Israel and Bahrain established diplomatic relations.