Bahrain: Israeli peace agreement contributes to regional stability

Bahrain information minister, Ali Al-Rumaihi said the kingdom’s initiatives and decisions have always been in the interest and protection of the Palestinian people. (File/BNA)
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Updated 13 September 2020

Bahrain: Israeli peace agreement contributes to regional stability

  • Al-Rumaihi says deal will help end Palestinian-Israeli conflict according to Arab initiative
  • Bahrain will attend UAE-Israel peace signing ceremony in Washington on Tuesday

RIYADH: The peace agreement with Israel is a historic and important step toward establishing peace in the wider Middle East, Bahrain’s information minister said on Sunday.
Ali Al-Rumaihi said it is “a realistic step” that would “help end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with the Arab initiative,” Bahrain News Agency reported.
However, he stressed Manama’s “firm and permanent position” toward the full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”
The Kingdom announced on Wednesday it would become the fourth Arab country to establish relations with Israel. The UAE announced last month it would establish full relations with Israel in a deal brokered by Donald Trump.
“All historical precedents confirm that all the Kingdom’s initiatives and decisions have always been in the interest and protection of the Palestinian people and their capabilities, and no one can outbid the Kingdom in this regard,” Al-Rumaihi said.
The deal with the UAE included an Israeli promise not to annex occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank.
The White House said the agreement would be signed at a ceremony on Sept. 15 in Washington. UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be attending.
Al-Rumaihi said that “Bahrain’s signature as a declaration for supporting peace with Israel represents one of the Kingdom’s international efforts to spread the culture of peace and peaceful coexistence in the world.”
He also said Manama had received an invitation from Trump to participate in the UAE-Israel ceremony.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad will be in Washington on Monday and is set to meet Trump to discuss maritime security, countering the threat from Iran, efforts to promote peace in the region, and counterterrorism, a White House statement said.

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.