RIYADH: King Hamad said on Monday Bahrain is committed to an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the Arab peace initiative.
The king was speaking after Bahrain, along with the UAE, signed agreements with Israel last week to normalize relations.
The king said Manama’s position on the Palestinian issue was firm and permanent and that Bahrain is commitment to achieving a two-state solution, “Our steps toward peace and prosperity are for the benefit of all” and “are not directed against any entity or forces,” King Hamad said. “They are in everyone’s interest and aim for good neighborliness.”
He said Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords with Israel “on the basis of Bahrain’s vision of establishing comprehensive peace and considering it a strategic option to advance the peace and stability process in the Middle East region, which contributes to strengthening international peace and security.”
In a statement after a cabinet meeting, the king said he was proud of the broad Arab and international support of Bahrain’s move.
Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani presented a report to the council of ministers on the signing ceremony between Bahrain, the UAE and Israel that was hosted by Donald Trump.
At the end of the meeting, King Hamad congratulated Saudi Arabia, its king, government and people on the 90th National Day.