Bahrain and Israel foreign ministers hold phone call day after peace deal announced

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Bahrain's minister of foreign affairs Abdullatif al-Zayani and Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi held a phone call on Saturday, the Bahrain foreign ministry announced, after the normalization of relations the day before.

The ministers stressed the need to move relations forward to promote peace and stability in the region, it said.

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Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump said Friday, in a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.

Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said.

Israel and the UAE reached a historic peace deal on August 14 that led to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two in an agreement that Trump helped broker.

"This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region," a joint statement of the US, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Israel read.

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