Published: 17:36, November 16, 2020 | Updated: 11:14, June 5, 2023
Bahrain FM heads to Israel to meet Netanyahu, Pompeo

Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani delivers a statement upon the arrival of a US-Israeli delegation in the Bahrain International Airport on Oct 18, 2020. (RONEN ZVULUN / AFP)

DUBAI - Bahrain’s foreign minister will travel to Israel on Wednesday in Manama’s first official delegation there and is due to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, diplomats said.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates established formal ties with Israel in a US-brokered deal signed at the White House on Sept 15. Sudan has since said it would also formalise relations with Israel, a former foe.

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Bahrain’s Abdullatif Al-Zayani’s trip to Israel will coincide with a visit there by Pompeo. They will hold a three-way meeting with Netanyahu, two diplomats briefed on the planning said.

An official in Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters that Al-Zayani would hold talks on areas of cooperation broached during an Israeli delegation’s visit to Manama on Oct 18.

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