Tel Aviv, 19 November (IANS). Israel and Bahrain have agreed to open the embassy. Foreign ministers of both countries gave this information in a joint press conference.
In a briefing on Wednesday, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zaini said that Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi would visit his country Bahrain in December, reported Xinhua.
Al-Zayani said, “I am very happy to inform about Bahrain’s formal decision to open an embassy in Israel and also glad that Israel’s proposal to open an embassy in Bahrain’s capital Manama has been approved.”
He also hoped to move forward relatively quickly for this process.
Meanwhile, Ashkenazi said he expected the new Israeli embassy in Bahrain to be inaugurated during his visit in December.
He said that citizens of Bahrain could apply for visas online to Israel from December 1, while flights between the two countries could begin soon.
Al-Zaini, accompanied by a delegation from the United States and Bahrain, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv on Wednesday morning. He is the first official of the Government of Bahrain to visit Israel.
Al-Zaini will also meet Israeli President Ryuwen Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with this there will be a trilateral meeting of three countries which will also include Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo arrives in Israel on his 10-day trip to the Middle East.
An agreement was announced on 11 September in the US to normalize relations between Israel and Bahrain. While officially signed on 15 September at the White House.