Bahrain announced, on Friday, that it had reached an agreement to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, under American auspices.
This came during a phone call brought together by US President Donald Trump, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the official Bahraini news agency.
The agency stated that Trump made a phone call with Ibn Issa in the presence of Netanyahu, and “during which they agreed to establish full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain”.
During the call, Trump called on Bahrain to participate in the signing ceremony of the normalization agreement that will be held at the White House between the UAE and Israel on September 15.
According to the statement, “Bahrain accepted” the US President’s invitation to the White House.
“As both Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdul Latif al Zayani will sign the peace declaration”.
The King of Bahrain stressed, during the call, “the necessity to reach a just and comprehensive peace as a strategic option, in accordance with the two-state solution and the relevant international legitimacy decisions”.
He praised the “pivotal role played by the American administration and its tireless efforts to advance the peace process, establish security and stability in the Middle East region, and strengthen international peace”.
In the first official comment, the advisor to the King of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed, said in a tweet via Twitter that “the announcement of the establishment of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel is in the interest of the region’s security, stability and prosperity”.
And he considered that he “sends a positive and encouraging message to the people of Israel, that a just and comprehensive peace with the Palestinian people is the best way and the true interest for their future and the future of the peoples of the region”.
The Bahrain agreement comes about a month after a similar agreement reached by the UAE and Israel on August 13, but it was met with widespread Palestinian condemnation, as the Palestinian factions and leadership considered it a “betrayal” by Abu Dhabi.
After Trump’s announcement, Bahrain will be the fourth Arab country to sign or agree to sign a normalization agreement with Israel, after Egypt (1979), Jordan (1994) and the UAE (2020).