His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to open an era of friendship and cooperation in pursuit of a Middle East region that is stable and prosperous for the benefit of all States and peoples in the region. In this spirit Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and Foreign Minister Mr. Abdullatif Al Zayani met in Washington yesterday, September 15, 2020, at the invitation of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America, to endorse the principles of the Abraham Accords and to begin a new chapter of peace. The Abraham Accords initiative of President Donald J. Trump facilitated the signing of the Accords.
The U.A.E. and Israel have been engaged in security and commercial agreements in the past, so the Accords are nothing new in that regard. The two countries have discreetly been working together for years. We can say the same for the relationship between Israel and Bahrain. It would appear the signing of the Abraham Accords may have more to do with ganging up on Iran than anything else.
The Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel have said they trust that this development will help lead to a future in which all peoples and all faiths can live together in the spirit of cooperation and enjoy peace and prosperity where states focus on shared interests and building a better future.
The parties discussed their shared commitment to advancing peace and security in the Middle East, stressing the importance of embracing the vision of the Abraham Accords, widening the circle of peace; recognizing each State’s right to sovereignty and to live in peace and security, and continuing the efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
In their meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, to promote lasting security, to eschew threats and the use of force, and advance coexistence and a culture of peace. In this spirit, they have today approved a series of steps starting this new chapter in their relations. The Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel have agreed to seek agreements in the coming weeks regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, and other areas of mutual benefit, and agreeing on the reciprocal opening of embassies.
The Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel view this moment as a historic opportunity and recognize their responsibility to pursue a more secure and prosperous future for generations to come in their respective countries and in the region.