Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in putting an settlement to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a dramatic transfer geared toward easing tensions within the Middle East.
- Last Updated: September 11, 2020, 10:45 PM IST
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WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM/DUBAI: Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in putting an settlement to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a dramatic transfer geared toward easing tensions within the Middle East.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted the information after he spoke by telephone to each Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House stated.
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East,” the United States, Bahrain and Israel stated in a joint assertion.
“Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” it stated.
The United Arab Emirates final month agreed to normalize ties with Israel underneath a U.S.-brokered deal. That deal is scheduled to be signed on Sept. 15 at a White House ceremony hosted by Trump and attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
The easing of relations with Israel comes amid a backdrop of shared fears about the specter of Iran to the area.
The Trump administration has tried to coax different Sunni Arab international locations to interact with Israel. The strongest of these, Saudi Arabia, has signaled it’s not prepared.
Bahrain, a small island state, is an in depth ally of Saudi Arabia and the positioning of the U.S. Navy’s regional headquarters. Riyadh in 2011 despatched troops to Bahrain to assist quell an rebellion and, alongside Kuwait and the UAE, in 2018 supplied Bahrain a $10 billion financial bailout.
Friday’s deal makes Bahrain the fourth Arab nation to achieve such an settlement with Israel since exchanging embassies with Egypt and Jordan many years in the past.
Last week, Bahrain stated it could enable flights between Israel and the UAE to make use of its airspace. This adopted a Saudi determination to permit an Israeli business airliner to fly over it on the way in which to the UAE.
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