Oct 18, 2020 09:47 UTC
  • Israeli delegation to fly to Bahrain to sign cooperation document

An Israeli official says a delegation will fly to Bahrain to sign a document on the establishment of full diplomatic ties and the opening of embassies, expanding on a US-brokered normalization agreement inked last month.

“From tomorrow there will be full diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain after the joint declaration,” the official said on Saturday night.

According to Press TV, the Israeli delegation, led by Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Ushpiz, is expected to take the first-ever commercial non-stop flight from the Occupied Territories to Bahrain.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, along with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and West Asia Envoy Avi Berkowitz, will also land in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, from where they will join the Israeli team during the trip.

A ceremony will be held at the airport in Manama when the plane carrying the Israeli and American delegations lands.

It will be followed by another ceremony, with the Israeli delegation and Bahraini officials signing a "joint communiqué (that) is the establishment of full diplomatic relations," the unnamed Israel official said.

“The aim of the communiqué is to start implementing the declaration which was signed in Washington, put more meat into it, make it more detailed and define the principles of the relations,” he told the Israeli Walla news site. “It will be the umbrella for all bilateral agreements to be signed in the next several months.”

The communiqué will further require both sides to not engage in any hostile actions against each other and act to prevent such actions on their territories by third parties.