Israeli president pays first ‘historic’ state visit to Bahrain

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog made his first “historic” state visit to Bahrain on the 4th (local time). It is the first time in history that an Israeli president has visited the Arab country of Bahrain.

According to foreign media outlets including AFP, Israeli President Herzog made his first state visit to Bahrain for two days.

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It is the first time that the head of the Israeli government has visited Bahrain, an Arab country. The Israeli President’s Office said, “President Herzog paid a state visit to Bahrain.”

Israel and Bahrain normalized relations through the ‘Abraham Accord’ two years ago. In 2020, Israel signed the Abraham Accords to normalize relations with Gulf countries such as Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Morocco through the mediation of the US administration at the time of Donald Trump. Prior to this, peace treaties were signed with Egypt and Jordan.

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President Herzog met King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in Bahrain.

“We urge more countries in our region to join this partnership that strengthens the Middle East,” said President Herzog. . He said, “When faced with hatred, threats and terrorism, there is only one answer. It is an alliance with friends.”

The state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that they “discussed issues including regional security and facilitating civil exchanges between the two countries.”

King Hamad said Bahrain “supports the achievement of a just, inclusive and sustainable peace that guarantees the legal rights of the Palestinian people and will bring stability, development and prosperity to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and to all peoples of the region.”

“I welcome (King Hamad’s) vision of peace, friendship and tolerance,” Herzog tweeted.

Prior to this, former Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited Bahrain as foreign minister in September last year and opened an Israeli embassy there. In February of this year, the two countries signed a defense agreement, and former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Bahrain for the first time as an Israeli prime minister.

After finishing his schedule in Bahrain, President Herzog plans to move to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, on the 5th.

Source: Donga

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