Bahrain to normalize ties with Israel  AP/AFP
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Image Credit: Agencies

Dubai: Bahrain’s call for peace in the region are not directed against specific entities or forces, but rather to achieve what is in the best interest of everyone, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said on Monday, according to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

The King reaffirmed Bahrain’s firm and permanent stance on the Palestinian cause and its commitment to achieving a two-state solution, which includes the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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Bahrain sees the Israel deal as a strategic option to advance the peace process in the Middle East, the King said, adding that it contributes to strengthening international security as well.

Signing the peace deal is an important historic achievement and is one step forward in achieving comprehensive peace in the region, he added.

The UAE and Bahrain officially normalised relations with Israel at a signing ceremony at the White House last week.

The deals make them the third and fourth Arab states to normalise ties with Israel. Israel signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.