Watch: Departure of the Israeli delegation to Bahrain – political and political news

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Israel and Bahrain will sign tonight (Sunday) at the Rich Carlton Hotel in Manama a joint declaration on the establishment of official diplomatic relations and peace between the two countries.

The signing will take place at the end of a special day of talks to be held in Bahrain in which a local delegation led by Bahraini Foreign Minister ‘Abd al-Latif bin Rashd al-Zayani will also take part, as well as delegations from Israel and the United States.

The talks that will take place before the official signing will deal beyond cooperation, including cooperation, the opening of an Israeli representative office in Bahrain and a similar representative office in Bahrain in Israel and other issues.

The US delegation, which will mediate talks to formally establish relations, will be headed by US Treasury Secretary Stephen Manuchin and White House envoy to the Middle East Avi Berkowitz.

The Israeli delegation is headed by the head of the National Security Council, Meir Ben Shabbat, together with the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alon Ushpiz, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Ronen Peretz.

A political source said ahead of the departure of the delegation that “the declaration will define relations between the countries and will allow progress on a variety of issues including the opening of official missions.”

He said, “In the last few weeks since the signing in Washington there have been a lot of discussions with the Bahraini and we have reached a series of agreements that are the basis for relations on civil, diplomatic, communications and also agriculture issues.”

Along with the Israeli delegation will be seven of the directors general of the Ministry of Government who will conduct the talks, each in his own field. The Bahraini government has made sure that each of them has a local counterpart attached to them, in order to promote joint dialogue and practical cooperation.

The political source notes that the US involvement that led to the agreement, including the arrival of two senior government officials in the run-up to the election, shows the importance of striving for peace. “We very much appreciate the American involvement that has helped us turn a more than 20-year relationship that has been quiet with Bahrain into an open diplomatic relationship and we believe it is an agreement that holds many opportunities.”

When asked why no real agreement was signed, only a statement between the countries, the source answers. “This is the Bahraini procedure for relations with countries. We do not have a state of war with Bahrain, this is not a matter of a peace agreement but rather they establish relations with countries that did not have relations before. There are agreements they recently established with countries and signed in exactly the same way. The diplomatic relations between us and Bahrain will be officially signed. “

According to the source, two processes that have already begun are the treatment of Israeli tourism to Bahrain and steps to examine the opening of an embassy.

“We are working on visa agreements. It will not happen immediately, but we estimate that by the end of 2020, Israelis will be able to travel to Bahrain,” he concludes.







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