Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain lands in capital Manama
November 29, 2021
Eitan Na’eh also served previously as the head of Israel’s mission to the UAE and Turkey
Israel's ambassador to Bahrain, Eitan Na’eh, arrived in the country's capital of Manama to fulfill his historic role as the first such envoy there since normalization between the two countries.
Bahrain and Israel first agreed to establish diplomatic ties, in addition to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), through the United States-brokered 2020 Abraham Accords.
The agreement led to a series of subsequent normalization deals between Israel and other nations in the region.
Na’eh, a senior diplomat, also served previously as the head of Israel’s mission to the UAE and Turkey.
His counterpart Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahma, Bahrain's ambassador to Israel, presented his credentials to Israel's President Isaac Herzog in September prior to assuming his post.
The event coincidentally took place during the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords.
Jalahma later participated in a series of interviews that same day, in which he promised his country would be a “sincere and strong partner - an active partner - in peace,” according to The Times of Israel.
Bahrain and Israel are already cooperating on several initiatives.
In October, the two countries signed an agreement granting mutual recognition of their respective Covid health passes.
Additionally, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inked a series of partnership agreements in September with the state for future collaborative ventures in healthcare and sports.