Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani, met on Wednesday in Jerusalem in wake of the Abraham Accords, the peace agreements signed between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington in September.
Al-Zayani is in Israel for three days and is heading a delegation of 40 businesspeople who are in the country with a focus on trade and tourism.
Israel and Bahrain signed several agreements on tourism, trade and culture during the visit.
Al Zayani met with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi prior tp his meeting with Netanyahu.
Netanyahu welcomed Al-Zayani, stating that “these are wondrous days. This is the day when we realize peace.”
“I think we understand this is a real peace—a peace between our peoples, a peace that will open economic benefits that were unimaginable just a few months ago, but now are coming to be,” he added.
He said that he thinks that the cooperation between the two countries will “broaden the circle of peace not only for our own two peoples, but for all countries in the Middle East and perhaps beyond.”
Bahraini Minister Al-Zayani stated that the “steps we are building today are everlasting steps for future generations,” and “we feel we are paving a new future for future generations to leave this world a better place for them than we have inherited.”
Bahrain is “fully committed, and the pace we’re moving at is quite a fast pace, because we want to catch up on lost time. And we feel that there is a huge and immense opportunity to even develop it further, not just in terms of business—in terms of culture, sport, exchange, tourism—and that will come very quickly hopefully.”
Al Zayani and his delegation will tour the Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan and participate in a gathering of Israeli and Bahraini businesspeople.