Bahraini FM: Peace Deals Pave Way for a 'Dawn of Peace' in the Middle East


Promising a "warm peace," Bahrain's foreign minister said Wednesday that talks between Israel and his country had been conducted in a "positive and constructive" atmosphere.

 "We will soon witness the reciprocal opening of the two countries' embassies," Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani added, speaking in Jerusalem.  "It is through such foundational context that we begin to nurture and build the networks of investment, business, tourism, culture, and so much more that can further solidify and add value to our joint efforts.  I am therefore confident that this emerging cooperation between Bahrain and Israel will pave the way to a dawn of peace for the entire Middle East.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accompanied Prime Minister Netanyahu and Al-Zayani at the podium, and suggested that Israel's three new normalization deals -- with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Sudan -- further isolate Iran in the region.

"These agreements also tell malign actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is waning and that they are ever more isolated, and this shall forever be until they change their direction."

Netanyahu lauded the "free flow of ideas" that such tripartite talks enable and said he welcomed "a common vision for peace, security, and prosperity."

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