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Israel and Bahrain pledged to establish embassies and issue visas in the following months

Israel and Bahrain pledged to establish embassies and issue visas in the following months

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What happened: On Wednesday, Bahrain and Israel said they would open embassies, establish online visa systems and launch weekly flights between the countries soon, in a broadened cooperation promoted by Washington as an economic boon.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated America’s support for the normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain during talks Wednesday between the two nations in Jerusalem.

Background: On the first official visit by Bahraini officials to Israel, the Gulf kingdom’s foreign minister, Abdellatif al-Zayani, was welcomed Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by his Israeli FO, Gabi Ashkenazi, a live Israeli television broadcast showed.

Pompeo’s trip to Israel is the latest stop of his multinational tour visiting allies in Europe and the Middle East.

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