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EU welcomes announced establishment of diplomatic ties between Bahrein and Israel

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”The EU remains firm in its commitment to a negotiated and viable two-state solution built upon the internationally agreed parameters,’’ EU High Representative Josep Borrell said.

‘’The EU remains ready to support the Israelis and the Palestinians in efforts to resume meaningful negotiations on all final status issues in order to achieve a just and lasting peace,’’ he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leaving for Washington on Sunday night to sign on Tuesday the normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrein, as Israel prepared to lock down for three weeks to combat the spread of coronavirus.

 

The European Union welcomed the announced establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel. The move follows a similar decision taken by Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month.

‘’The EU recognises the role played by the United States in this regard and believes that these developments represent a positive contribution to peace and stability in the Middle East,’’ said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in a statement.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted out the news of the normalization between Israel and Bahrain after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu..

He said in his tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!”

In its statement, EU’s Borrell recalled the EU Declaration of 15 August 2020 and its longstanding position that a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires a regional inclusive approach and engagement with both parties.

‘’In this regard, the EU remains firm in its commitment to a negotiated and viable two-state solution built upon the internationally agreed parameters,’’ Borrell said.

‘’The EU remains ready to support the Israelis and the Palestinians in efforts to resume meaningful negotiations on all final status issues in order to achieve a just and lasting peace,’’ he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a gathering of ministers on Sunday of his “warm conversation” on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, to discuss the “establishment of peaceful relations” between Jerusalem and Manama.

At the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also referred to the “Abraham Accord,” the U.S.-sponsored treaty with the United Arab Emirates, to be signed in Washington on Tuesday.

“We now have two historic peace agreements, with two Arab countries, which were established in one month,” said the Israeli premier.

“We are on the threshold of a new era,” he declared. “I want to promise you that each and every one of you, through your ministries, will be part of it because this is going to be a different kind of peace.”

Netanyahu continued: “This will be a warm peace—economic peace in addition to the diplomatic peace—also peace between peoples.”

“There will be brisk traffic in direct air links between the countries,” he added, alluding to the recent announcement by the Israeli airline Israir that it is planning to launch Tel Aviv-Dubai flights beginning in October. “The great excitement that exists in the country is also reflected in the very great excitement in Bahrain and the UAE among the public at large. There truly is a great change here.”

Netanyahu is leaving for Washington on Sunday night, as the country prepared to lock down for three weeks to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister is set to sign normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The two countries’ foreign ministers are expected to join him for the ceremony at the White House.

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