Israeli PM to make first-ever visit to Bahrain Monday

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was set to fly to Bahrain on Monday for the first-ever official visit by an Israeli head of government to the Gulf state.اضافة اعلان

Bennett's visit is the latest following the US-brokered 2020 Abraham Accords, which defied decades of Arab consensus that ruled out ties in the absence of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bahrain and its close ally the UAE became only the third and fourth majority Arab states — following Egypt and Jordan — to establish ties with Israel when they signed on to the pacts negotiated under former US president Donald Trump. 

Bennett was scheduled to meet Bahraini Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa as well as other top officials, and representatives of Bahrain's Jewish community, his office said. 

The trip follows a visit to Manama by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz earlier this month that saw the two countries sign a defense agreement. 

The deal covered intelligence, procurement, and joint training, with Gantz boasting that it further solidified the nascent diplomatic relationship. 

The visit also comes at a time of regional tensions over Iran's nuclear program. 

Iran is engaged in negotiations with Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia directly and with the US indirectly to revive the deal formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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