Bahrain's undersecretary for political affairs blasted Iran during a visit meeting on Sunday with Israel's foreign minister and president in Jerusalem, saying that the Islamic Republic is the line that runs through all the crises in the countries of the Middle East.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Khalifa also announced plans for direct flights between Bahrain and Israel in his meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog. Al-Khalifa also said that Lapid would soon be visiting Bahrain.
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Al-Khalifa, the Bahraini Foreign Ministry official tasked with overseeing Israeli-Bahraini relations, told reporters that much has been accomplished since the two countries agreed to normalize relations last year. He added that the first Bahraini ambassador to Israel is expected to arrive soon.
Bahrain and Israel normalized relations in September 2020. Al-Khalifa said that Bahrain plans a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the normalization agreement, dubbed the Abraham Accords, stating that the historic occasion cannot pass without being marked in some way.
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The Bahraini official also said that Bahrain's state-owned Gulf Air will soon begin flights to Israel. He said that Gulf Air had planned to begin flights to Israel ever since the agreement was signed, but that coronavirus lockdowns led to this being postponed again and again.
Al-Khalifa said that Bahrain would like to see Iran be stable, prosperous and a responsible member of the international community, but doesn't think it is there yet. Bahrain sees continuous meddling by Iran in its internal affairs, he added.