US, Bahrain delegations to fly to Israel in first direct flight between Manama and Tel Aviv

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani (second from right) at the signing of the Abraham Accords in Washington in September. (AFP/FIle)
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US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Avi Berkowitz, will lead a US delegation to Bahrain and Israel this week to discuss expanded economic cooperation between the two countries, a senior White House official said on Monday.

Berkowitz will join Bahraini officials on the first-ever direct flight from Bahrain to Israel.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani will be travelling to formalise diplomatic ties with Israel.

It will be the first-ever official visit by a high-level Bahrain delegation to Israel. Dr Al Zayani will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Bahrain and Israel agreed to establish formal ties after the US brokered a deal on September 15. The UAE and Sudan have also formalised diplomatic relations with Israel.

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