Israel, U.S. delegates board flight to formalize diplomacy with Bahrain


Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, left, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin disembark from an Israeli flag carrier El Al airliner on their arrival in Muharraq, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Sunday, October 18, 2020

Israeli and U.S. delegates boarded the first commercial flight from Israel to Bahrain this weekend.

While speaking to reporters on Sunday, delegates stated they were excited to travel to Bahrain. There, they will formalize diplomatic ties between Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Officials will take part in the first ever “Abraham Accords Business Summit,” which was named after the historic peace deal brokered through President Trump last month.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin voiced his excitement and appreciation for the agreements shortly before boarding the plane to Bahrain.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here to take the first commercial flight to Bahrain,” he stated. “I especially want to thank the prime minister and the king for their bold leadership, and for President Trump bringing this all together for this incredible day.”

From left, Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and U.S. Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, deliver statements before boarding Israeli flag carrier El Al plane to Bahrain, at Ben Gurion airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Delegates from each side will discuss economic expansion, culture and technology in an effort to establish peace between the countries.

Mnuchin and other U.S. officials will travel to the UAE after the meeting, where they will join the country’s first delegation to Israel.

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