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Israel and Bahrain to formalise diplomatic ties

JERUSALEM: Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations Sunday at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official said, after the two states reached a US-brokered normalisation deal last month.

An Israeli delegation led by National Security Council chief Meir Ben Sabbat took off from Tel Aviv for a one-day trip to Manama that will see Israel and Bahrain formalise the agreement they signed at the White House on September 15.

They will ink a “joint communique (that) is the establishment of full diplomatic relations,” an Israel official in Manama told reporters.

After a ceremony scheduled for Sunday evening, Israel and Bahrain will be free to open embassies in each other’s countries, the official said.

An Israeli embassy in Manama is scheduled to open in the coming months, the official added.

Bahraini officials have so far said little publicly about Sunday’s event.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to normalise ties with Israel, following Egypt’s peace deal with Israel in 1979 and a 1994 pact with Jordan.

The deal outraged the Palestinians, who have called on Arab states to maintain unity against Israel.

Before takeoff, Israeli delegation chief Shabbat said the aim was “to translate into practical plans and concrete agreements the peace declaration that was signed on the White House lawn”.

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