‘A monumental step’ in Arab-Israeli relations: Bahrain’s King appoints first ambassador to Israel
Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma and his team from Bahrain will arrive in Israel “in the coming weeks”
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by Joel C. Rosenberg | March 30, 2021
Ambassador Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma as Head of Bahrain's Diplomatic Mission to the State of Israel (Photo: Bahrain Foreign Ministry)
JERUSALEM — The King of Bahrain announced Tuesday that he has appointed the Arab nation’s first-ever ambassador to Israel.
“King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued Royal Decree 43/2021, appointing Ambassador Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma as Head of Bahrain’s Diplomatic Mission to the State of Israel,” the statement noted.
The emissary will open up and run Bahrain’s new embassy in the Jewish state.
The announcement drew immediate praise from Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.
“The decision of the Bahraini government to appoint an ambassador to Israel is another important step in the implementation of the peace agreement between – and of the strengthening ties between – the two countries,” Ashkenazi said.
A statement from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that “in the coming weeks, a team from Bahrain will arrive in Israel to make the necessary arrangements.”
Photo: Israeli embassy in Bahrain Twitter feed
Ambassador Itay Tagner, Israel’s newly-appointed emissary to Bahrain, also tweeted out his enthusiastic reaction, calling this a “monumental step.”
“This development constitutes a monumental step in cementing the new ties between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel and will enable us to better the lives of both people,” Tagner said via Twitter. “The sight of a Bahraini flag flying in Israel, as well as the Israeli flag flying in Bahrain, are visible symbols of a new era in the region, an era of peace and prosperity for all.”
“We look forward to continue building our relationship for the benefit of both countries,” Tagner added.
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