Israeli foreign minister to meet US, Bahrain counterparts today

It's first face-to-face diplomatic contacts for a senior member of Israeli govt sworn in two weeks ago.


Reuters June 27, 2021
Israeli alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrives to attend the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new government in Jerusalem June 20, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM:

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will meet his US and Bahraini counterparts in Rome on Sunday, Lapid's office said, the first face-to-face diplomatic contacts for a senior member of the new Israeli government that was sworn in two weeks ago.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalised ties with Israel last year, a deal brokered by the previous US administration. Lapid is due to visit UAE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Israeli statement did not provide details on the agenda of the separate talks Lapid planned to hold with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al-Zayani during his one-day visit to Italy.

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