Tuesday 27 October 2020

Officials at the signing ceremony. Image: Courtesy BNA

Bahrain, Israel sign MoUs on new ties

MANAMA, 9 days ago

Bahrain and Israel today signed a historic joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic, peaceful and friendly relations, marking the new and promising era in their relationship.
The signing came as official delegations from Bahrain, the US and Israel met today in Manama.
Memorandums of understanding regarding economic and trade relations, telecommunications, commerce, air services, movement of people, banking and financial services, and cooperation between Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as well as other areas of mutual benefit were signed between Bahrain and Israel, a Bahrain News Agency report said.
In addition, working groups met to discuss a wide range of additional areas for potential cooperation, including aviation, healthcare, technology, tourism, and agriculture, and to plan of their bilateral relationship, the report said.
This historic diplomatic breakthrough has been facilitated by the Abraham Accords initiative of US President Donald J Trump. It follows the September 11, 2020 agreement between Bahrain and Israel to open an era of cooperation between the two nations. This diplomatic step was followed by the signing of the Peace Declaration between both countries in Washington on September 15, 2020, to endorse the principles of the Abraham Accords and to open a new chapter of peace.
This chapter is a continuation of determined regional and international efforts to advance peace in the Middle East and is testament to the bold vision and leadership exhibited by the three countries to innovate in diplomacy for sustainable peace and prosperity. The three countries face a range of interdependent challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic milestone, the report said.
Today’s historic signing brings together two of America’s friends and partners in the Middle East.
Bahrain and Israel will join with the US to advance a strategic agenda for peace and prosperity in the Middle East and expand avenues for cooperation that are anchored within shared values and interests, it said.
The three nations are aligned in their views on the challenges, threats and opportunities present in the region. Through closer security cooperation, public diplomacy and engagement on the economy, technology, and other shared interests, including the promotion of co-existence, people-to-people engagement and a culture of peace, the region’s potential can be unlocked. Today’s agreements will lead to better lives for the peoples of Bahrain and Israel.
The parties will continue their efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it said.
Bahrain and Israel trust that this development will contribute to a future in which all peoples and all faiths can live together in the spirit of cooperation and enjoy peace and prosperity where states are focused on shared interests and building a better future, said the communique.
Bahrain and Israel expressed their deep appreciation to the US in securing a more stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East.


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