President Herzog Arrives in Bahrain for Historic Visit

President Yitzchak Herzog is welcomed by Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Sunday. (GPO)

President Yitzchak Herzog departed for Bahrain Sunday morning for the first official visit to the Gulf country by an Israeli head of state.

Herzog said his visit to Bahrain symbolized a message of peace for the region and was a historic step that expanded Israeli ties with the Arab world.

He spoke at first on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport, then repeated the message as he sat with Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

Herzog recalled that Zayani signed the Abraham Accords, who in turn said it had been a “bright day.”

“This is another historic step in the relationship between Israel and Arab states, signed with the Abraham Accords, and another step toward more and more nations joining the circle of peace with the State of Israel,” Herzog said. “I will be the guest of the King of Bahrain and his government, and I hope to discuss issues of mutual interest.”

On Monday, the president will depart Bahrain for the UAE where he will attend the Abu Dhabi Space Debate and meet with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – the fourth meeting between the two leaders.

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