Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon after normalizing ties

2020-11-24 14:29:19
Israel's Netanyahu says he will visit Bahrain soon after normalizing ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he spoke with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad and would visit the Persian Gulf state soon, a month after the two countries established formal diplomatic relations.

Bahrain’s foreign minister visited Israel last week following the signing of U.S.-brokered accords in September and establishing formal ties in October.

The prime minister said the crown prince “invited me to come in the near future for an official visit to Bahrain.”

In the past several months, Israel has signed accords to normalize ties with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, the first Arab states to do so in decades.

Until this year’s accords, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab states to establish ties with Israel after signing peace accords in 1979 and 1994, respectively.

On Monday, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu made a secret trip to Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Israel and Saudi Arabia have clandestine security cooperation.

The normalization deals orchestrated by the Trump administration have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital. They say the deals ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

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