Israel: Netanyahu to head to DC to initiate UAE, Bahrain peace deals

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Sunday he was heading to Washington DC later that day to initiate normalisation deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. «On Friday, I had another conversation with President Trump and the leader of an Arab country, this time with King Hamad of Bahrain (King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa). It was a very warm conversation in which we agreed on the establishment of peaceful relations between Bahrain and Israel — the official establishment of peace with full diplomatic relations and with all that entails,» said Netanyahu in a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. «The great excitement that exists in the country is also reflected in the very great excitement in Bahrain and the UAE among the public at large. There truly is a great change here, and tonight I will leave for Washington to sign the beginning of these agreements,» he added. The announcement came after Bahrain become the latest Arab country to normalise relations with Israel in historic peace deals brokered by US President Donald Trump seemingly in a move to isolate Iran further in the Middle East. Mandatory credit: Israeli GPO

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