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Bahrain, Israel Discuss Security Cooperation

Bahrain, Israel Discuss Security Cooperation

Friday, 14 January, 2022 - 06:45
The flags of Israel and Bahrain flutter along a road in Netanya, Israel September 14, 2020. (Reuters)

Bahraini Interior Minister General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa held talks on Wednesday with Israeli Public Security Minister, Omer Barlev, the state-run Bahraini News Agency said.

In a phone call, both sides reviewed security cooperation and exchange of expertise to serve common interests.

They also discussed efforts to promote joint work and bolster bilateral ties.

“Both sides asserted that promoting relations comes as part of the peace declaration and the principles of Abraham Accords to reinforce security and stability and meet the aspirations of regional nations towards peace,” BNA said.

Sheikh Rashid highlighted that Bahrain continues to support coexistence, peace and openness, in line with the vision of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

On September 15, 2020, Bahrain officially normalized relations with Israel at a signing ceremony at the White House, brokered by then US President Donald Trump.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdellatif al-Zayani then visited Israel on November 18, 2020, marking the Gulf kingdom’s first diplomatic visit since it agreed to recognize the Jewish state.

Al-Zayani had called the visit "a strategic start to enhancing joint cooperation" between the countries.

Last year, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid opened his country's embassy in Bahrain.

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