A Year After Normalization Accord, First Bahraini Ambassador Arrives in Israel

'We are looking forward to what will no doubt be a very productive tenure, advancing relations between our two countries,' Israeli Foreign Ministry chief said ahead of the ambassador's arrival

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Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, former U.S. President Donald Trump, and Bahraini and UAE foreign ministers pose for a photo after signing the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, last year.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, former U.S. President Donald Trump, and Bahraini and UAE foreign ministers pose for a photo after signing the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, last year.Credit: Alex Brandon/AP
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Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel, Khaled Al Jalahma, arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to begin his diplomatic mission. Jalahman said he was "honored" to begin his post in Tel Aviv ahead of his arrival.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry's director-general, Alon Ushpiz, said on Twitter: "We are looking forward to what will no doubt be a very productive tenure, advancing relations between our two countries."

Jalahma was previously director of the operations directorate at Bahrain's Foreign Ministry and had also served as deputy chief of mission at the kingdom's embassy in the United States.

Earlier this month, Bahrain’s undersecretary of political affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem.

Bahrain's Ambassador to Israel Khaled Al Jalahma.Credit: Screenshot/Twitter

During the meeting, al-Khalifa accused Iran of being the line that runs through all the crises in the countries of the Middle East.

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, which also included deals with the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Sudan.

Last month, the United Arab Emirates opened its embassy in Tel Aviv.

Visiting Rabat earlier this month, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that within two months the two countries will upgrade diplomatic ties and open embassies, rather than liaison offices.

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