Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain on Thursday in the the first official visit by an Israeli minister to the country.

In the landmark visit, Lapid met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani after arriving in the capital Manama.

Together, the two inaugurated the Israeli embassy in Manama and signed a list of bilateral agreements including on on water, environment and sports.

The two discussed ways of developing bilateral ties further, especially the security, economic, and civil society relationship.

The visit comes a year after the signing of the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, followed by Morocco and Sudan.

Lapid also met Bahrain’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, at the latter’s palace in Manama.

“Thank you for the opportunity to be here today, and to take this step together in building our relations,” said Lapid, “in a model of coexistence and cooperation between cultures and between faiths.”

Lapid inaugurates Israeli embassy in Bahrain

“May our people live in peace and prosperity forever,” Lapid said during the inauguration. He added in Hebrew: “Israel made a major, historic step today in the Gulf.”

“It is an unmistakable signal to all that we are determined,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani said. “We are not done.”

Israel and Bahrain sign bilateral agreements

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid signed a series of key partnership agreements with his Bahrain counterpart.

The deals focused on areas of collaboration between the two nations in future healthcare, sports, and environmental initiatives.

“His Majesty’s leadership and inspiration have led to true cooperation and our meeting outlined the path forward for our relationship,” Lapid announced, praising the visit on Twitter.

“Our opportunities are shared. Our threats are also shared, and they aren’t far from here,” Israel’s foreign minister cautioned to the media.

Many experts believe Lapid was referring to Iran, whose delay in returning to nuclear negotiations elicited concern from world powers.

First commercial flight lands in Bahrain

The first commercial flight between Bahrain and Israel landed Thursday at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, touched down at Israel’s main airport shortly after Foreign Minister Yair Lapid began his landmark visit.

Crew members of Gulf Air flight GF972 waved the flags of Bahrain and Israel from the cockpit windows of the passenger jet when it landed.

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