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Israel, Bahrain ink framework agreement for cooperation

March 28, 2022 at 5:16 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (L) meets with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa (R) in Manama, Bahrain on 15 February 2022 [Court of the Bahraini Crown Prince/Anadolu Agency]

Israel and Bahrain, on Monday, signed a framework agreement for cooperation on the sidelines of a six-party summit held in the southern city of Negev, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The summit, which concluded earlier Monday, brought together the Foreign Ministers of Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Morocco and the United States.

A statement issued by the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the cooperation agreement, which was signed in the presence of the summit’s participants, will be supervised by the Foreign Ministries of both countries.

The Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Foreign Minister, Abdullatif Al-Zayani, discussed with his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, ways to develop bilateral cooperation as well as the latest political and security developments in the Middle East.

In 2020, Bahrain, the UAE, Sudan, and Morocco signed US-sponsored agreements to normalise relations with Israel, in a move decried by the Palestinians as a “betrayal” of their cause.

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