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Bahrain establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, Trump announces

Kingdom’s FM will join Tuesday’s Israel-UAE signing ceremony, sign ‘Declaration of Peace’; Netanyahu hails accord, says ‘there will be more’; Manama also urges Palestinian peace

By JACOB MAGID and RAPHAEL AHREN | Times of Israel
11 September 2020, 8:10 pm 

Bahrain is establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump announced Friday, making it the second Gulf country to do so in less than a month.

A joint statement released by the White House said Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa spoke earlier in the day with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “and agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!” Trump tweeted.

Israel and the UAE announced they were normalizing relations on August 13, and a signing ceremony for their accord is being held at the White House on September 15. Bahrain will now join that ceremony, with its foreign minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and Netanyahu signing “a historic Declaration of Peace,” the joint statement said.

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