Herzog turns into first Israeli president to go to Bahrain

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Bahrain on Sunday on the primary journey by an Israeli head of state to the small Gulf kingdom, following the normalisation of relations in 2020.

Herzog, whose function is basically ceremonial, met with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.

They mentioned points together with regional safety and “ways to encourage communication between the representatives of the private sector in the two countries”, the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA) mentioned.

In 2020, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco turned the primary Arab states in many years to normalise relations with Israel, following negotiations spearheaded by the administration of former US president Donald Trump.

The Jewish state had earlier reached peace treaties with neighbouring Egypt and Jordan.

“I call on more states in our region to join this partnership, strengthening the Middle East,” Herzog mentioned Sunday.

“The expanding circle of (Middle East) peace is highly important, especially amid threats to global and regional stability. In the face of hate, threats and terror, there is one answer: alliances with friends.”

Other nations within the area, notably Saudi Arabia, have repeatedly mentioned they’d persist with the decades-old Arab League place of not establishing official ties with Israel till the battle with the Palestinians is resolved.

King Hamad mentioned that Bahrain helps “achieving a just, comprehensive and sustainable peace that guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and that will lead to stability, development and prosperity for both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples, as well as all peoples of the region,” BNA mentioned.

Herzog mentioned on Twitter he welcomed King Hamad’s “vision of peace, friendship and tolerance”.

“My visit underscores the importance Israel attaches to relations with Bahrain, including partnerships on defence, trade, tourism and environment,” he mentioned.

Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid, then Israel’s prime diplomat, visited Bahrain in September final 12 months to open the Israeli embassy there.

In February of this 12 months, Israel signed a defence settlement with Bahrain, and Naftali Bennett turned the primary Israeli premier to go to the nation.

Herzog mentioned Sunday he would comply with his cease in Bahrain with a go to to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

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