Bahrain delegation led by overseas minister in Tel Aviv on first official journey two months after ties have been normalised.
A Bahrain authorities delegation led by its overseas minister has landed in Tel Aviv on its first official go to from the Gulf kingdom, which normalised relations with Israel in September.
Abdullatif Al Zayani was welcomed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport by his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, a reside Israeli tv broadcast confirmed on Wednesday.
The go to got here as the 2 nations look to broaden cooperation that the United States has promoted as an anti-Iran alliance and potential financial bonanza.
The delegation arrived by Gulf Air’s flight GF972 – a reference to Israel’s phone nation code – on the airline’s first business flight to Tel Aviv.
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, was additionally on the flight which flew over Saudi Arabia, which has to this point resisted US appeals to normalise ties with Israel.
Bahrain and its Gulf neighbour, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), signed the US-sponsored normalisation accords with Israel on the White House on September 15 – pacts that have been condemned as a “betrayal” by the Palestinians and their allies.
The agreements shattered a long-standing Arab consensus that there needs to be no normalisation with Israel till it reaches a complete peace cope with the Palestinians.
Although White House officers have mentioned extra nations are contemplating normalising ties with Israel, additional developments seem unlikely earlier than US President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace and establishes his administration’s coverage on Iran.
Al Zayani was on account of meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem afterward Wednesday.
Israel’s overseas ministry official Alon Ushpiz instructed Israeli Army Radio the officers would proceed work on memorandums of understanding signed in October in Manama overlaying air journey, visa lodging and the opening of embassies.
Pompeo, throughout his two-day go to to Israel, can also be anticipated to make the primary go to by a senior US official to a settlement within the occupied West Bank.
All settlements on occupied Palestinian land are thought to be unlawful beneath worldwide regulation.
Their persistent enlargement beneath successive Netanyahu-led governments has proved one of many largest obstacles to the peace course of with the Palestinians.
The US has shut relations with Bahrain too. The tiny however strategic kingdom simply throughout the Gulf from Iran is dwelling to the US navy’s Fifth Fleet.