Less than a month after the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was signed, another historic agreement was added between Israel and Bahrain.
The Trump administration once again mediated between the two countries to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion.
As President Trump announced in a press release on Friday, Sept. 12, Israel and Bahrain committed to begin the process of exchanging embassies and ambassadors, developing direct flights between the two countries, and launching cooperative initiatives in a wide range of sectors.
In the same statement, President Trump assured the people of Bahrain, “The United States will continue to support their struggle to combat terrorism and extremism, develop economically, and build new peaceful alliances throughout the region.
According to a formal statement issued by the three countries, they agreed to “the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
On his Twitter account, President Trump also announced and posted the agreement signed by the three parties. Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel, the message reads.
Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2020
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region,” read part of the communiqué.
One of the crucial points of the agreement, which resolves many of the historical conflicts between the two countries, is that Israel will now allow all Muslims to visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
Other holy places in Jerusalem will also remain open for peaceful worshippers of all religions.
The recent agreement makes the Kingdom of Bahrain the fourth Arab country, after Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, to formalize diplomatic ties with the State of Israel.
The leaders of Israel and Bahrain also praised Trump for “his dedication to peace in the region, his focus on shared challenges, and the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to bringing their nations together,” reported Fox News.
White House aide Jared Kushner added, “We are seeing the beginning of a new Middle East, and President Trump has really secured alliances and partners to try to make it happen.”
About a month ago, on Aug. 13, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a peace agreement with the United States as a mediator.
At that time, President Trump announced the news at a press conference, saying, “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas including tourism, education, health care, trade, and security.”
Media outlets such as ABCNews reported that after decades of instability, wars, and constant crises, an unprecedented regional transformation could be celebrated among the Middle East and African nations.
The United States is playing a pivotal role as a mediator between the parties in conflict and developing the ties and trust necessary to succeed in unblocking the divergences, generating as a consequence, sincere and lasting agreements over time.