date of publication:
September 30, 2021 18:32 GMT
Update date: September 30, 2021 21:05 GMT
On Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated his country’s embassy in Bahrain, after the peace agreement concluded last year between Israel and Bahrain under US auspices.
Lapid wrote in a tweet to him on Twitter: “Today we told the tape and we officially opened the Israeli embassy in Bahrain, in the presence of Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif Al-Zayani.”
Lapid added: “The opening of the embassy symbolizes the political cooperation between us. We also agreed that by the end of the year the Bahrain embassy in Israel will be opened.”
Lapid had arrived in Manama earlier on Thursday, in the highest official visit by an Israeli official to the Gulf state since the two countries established official relations last year, with the Bahraini Gulf Air starting direct flights to Tel Aviv.
Lapid, who landed at Bahrain International Airport on an Israeli Airlines plane with an olive branch on the front, met with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and then signed five bilateral cooperation agreements. Lapid also held talks with his Bahraini counterpart.