Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Manama during a phone call last night where the two discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations.

“I just spoke with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. This was our second conversation; it was very friendly,” Netanyahu said.

“Both of us are very moved by the fact that we can bring peace to our peoples and our countries in a very short time. Therefore, he also invited me to make an official visit to Bahrain soon. I will do so, on your behalf, with pleasure.”

Bahrain became the second Gulf country to normalize relations with Israel. The United Arab Emirates announced it would make peace with Israel on Aug. 13 followed by Bahrain. Sudan joined the Abraham Accords in October.

The conversation between Al Khalifa and Netanyahu comes a day after it was reported that the Israeli prime minister secretly flew to Saudi Arabia to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday.

Last week, Bahrain’s foreign minister led his country’s first official delegation to Israel for trilateral talks with Israeli and American officials in order to advance the Abraham Accords.

During his time in Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani invited Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin to Bahrain and said his country is eager to see all Israelis visit the modern and moderate Gulf state.



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