Lapid officially opens Israeli embassy in Bahrain
Bahrain FM to its Israeli counterpart: We have chosen peace and dialogue
MANAMA – In a statement at a press conference with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani underlined his country’s will “to broaden and deepen cooperation in various sectors â, and declared that Bahrain choseâ peace and dialogue as a strategic option.
âYour visit builds on the tremendous progress we have made over the past year and underscores our common desire to spread peace and stability across the Middle East,â Zayani said. It also reaffirms “Bahrain’s true commitment to build warm peace and cooperation with Israel.”
Zayani then turns to the Palestinians, stressing “the critical importance” of a two-state solution that reflects “the rights, interests and aspirations of all parties.” He added that “Bahrain continues to call on all parties and the international community to achieve this goal.”
In response to a question from a Bahraini journalist, Lapid said he is “a strong supporter of the two-state solution”, adding that he believes that “it is the right solution for the people of Israel and for the Palestinian people too â. But he notes that he thinks it is impractical at the moment, and that he supports improving Palestinians’ standard of living in the meantime as well as “doing no harm.”
Regarding these comments, Lapid points out that he is speaking as the leader of the Yesh Atid party and not as a spokesperson for the government.
In his own remarks, Lapid calls for deepening âeconomic, security, diplomatic and civilâ ties with Bahrain.
“We will do everything to transform the partnership between Bahrain and Israel into a harmony of cultures and religions,” Lapid said. âAnd above all, harmony between people. “
“We are both hard peoples,” added the Minister of Foreign Affairs. âWe made life blossom in the heart of the desert.
Alluding to the common concern over the Iranian threat, Lapid continues: âOur opportunities are shared. Our threats are also shared, and they are not far from here.
Lapid says today’s global battle is between “a culture of life, against a culture of death and destruction,” returning to one of his familiar themes.
âTogether with our Gulf friends, we are leading a courageous coalition of moderates,â he said. âA coalition that looks to the future and creates a prosperous future of stability and tolerance. “