Israel and Bahrain Sign Agreement on Health Collaboration

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By TPS • 9 March, 2022

Jerusalem, 9 March, 2022 (TPS) — Israel’s Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz and Minister of Health of Bahrain Faeqa Saeed Al-Saleh signed on Wednesday in Bahrain a work plan for health cooperation between the two countries, the latest development of the Abraham Accords.

Horowitz is visiting the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain this week.

As part of the visit to Bahrain, the parties signed a work plan for cooperation between the Ministries of Health in Israel and Bahrain, which deals with epidemics and emergency management, education and research in the field of health, information sharing, digital health, medical innovation and genetic research.

The work plan was written following the health agreement between the countries signed in February.

Horowitz stated he is “proud to sign with Bahrain a health work plan and to promote closer ties with our friends in the Gulf. Until recently, it seemed like a distant dream and now we are making it a reality.”

“We have a lot to learn from each other, and the collaboration we are launching today is a net gain for the research and health services of the residents of both countries. This is the meaning and this is the tremendous power of peace and international cooperation. I thank Bahrain for the wonderful hospitality, we will continue to cultivate the important ties between the two peoples,” he declared.

Health Minister of Bahrain Al-Saleh congratulated Horowitz and his delegation “on this important visit. After a number of meetings we held online, the meeting in Bahrain allows us to strengthen the relationship between the countries, through collaborations in the fields of health and medicine.”

“We will strengthen ties through the adoption of training programs for students and medical staff, sharing knowledge and research, and the assistance of Israeli doctors in order to provide Bahrain residents with medical care in areas in short supply,” she added.

This agreement is the latest in a series Israel signed with Bahrain and the UAE on a broad spectrum of issues, an outcome of the Abraham Accords.

The United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain shortly after it, announced in August 2020 the normalization of relations with Israel. The agreements were signed on the White House lawns on September 15, 2020.

Sudan was next to announce the normalization of relations with Israel in October 2020, Israel’s third peace treaty in two months.

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