Israel, Bahrain Sign Security Pact in Manama

Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday signed a security cooperation agreement with his Bahraini counterpart Abdullah Bin Hassan al-Noaimi in Manama, the capital city of the Gulf nation.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense in a statement said that the agreement “will support any future cooperation in the areas of intelligence, military-to-military, industrial collaboration and more.”

“We have achieved an import defense agreement following the signing of the Abraham Accords one year ago,” Gantz quoted in a statement issued by his office.

Gantz furthered that the security agreement will contribute to the security of both countries and the stability of the region.

The Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, were the first two Gulf states that normalized their relations with Israel in 2020 under the US-brokered Abraham Accords.

Gantz arrived in Manama on Wednesday for his first official visit to the kingdom, where he met with Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain, and Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defense Force.

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