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Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain,and the State of Israel
September 11, 2020

President Donald J. Trump, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spoke today and agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advancedeconomies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security,and prosperity in the region.The United States expressesitsgratitudetothe Kingdom of Bahrainfor hosting the historic Peace to Prosperity workshopin Manama on June 25, 2019,to advance the cause of peace, dignity,and economic opportunity for the Palestinian people. The parties will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive,and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflictto enable the Palestinian peopleto realize their full potential. Israel affirmed that as set forth in the Vision for Peace, all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s other holy sites will remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.King Hamad and Prime Minister Netanyahu express their deep appreciation to President 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.The parties commend the United Arab Emirates and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his leadership on August 13, 2020, in announcing full diplomatic relations with Israel.The Kingdom of Bahrain has also accepted President Trump’s invitation to join Israel and the United Arab Emirates at the historic signing ceremony on September 15, 2020,at the White House where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani of Bahrain will be signing a historic Declaration of Peace.