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Bahrain’s overseas minister arrived in Israel Wednesday on the primary official go to from the Gulf kingdom, which normalised relations with the Jewish state in September.
The minister, Abdellatif al-Zayani, was welcomed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, a dwell Israeli tv broadcast confirmed.
Bahrain and its Gulf neighbour the United Arab Emirates each signed US-sponsored normalisation accords with Israel on the White Home on September 15, pacts that had been condemned as a “betrayal” by the Palestinians and their allies.
The agreements shattered a longstanding Arab consensus that there needs to be no normalisation with Israel till it reaches a complete peace take care of the Palestinians.
Zayani was resulting from maintain talks in Jerusalem later Wednesday with each Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was to reach in Israel within the afternoon.
Pompeo, throughout his two-day go to, was anticipated to make the primary go to by a senior US official to a Jewish settlement within the occupied West Financial institution.
All Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land are considered unlawful by a lot of the worldwide neighborhood.
Their persistent enlargement beneath successive Netanyahu-led governments has proved one of many largest obstacles to the peace course of with the Palestinians.
America has very shut relations with Bahrain too. The tiny however strategic kingdom simply throughout the Gulf from Iran is dwelling to the US Fifth Fleet.
All three allies — Israel, Bahrain and the US — see the primarily Shiite Muslim regional energy Iran as a standard risk.
Zayani’s go to is predicted to be adopted by others.
On Tuesday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin despatched an official invitation to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayad Al-Nahyan, seen by many because the UAE’s de facto ruler.