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Senior Official From Israel Will Attend Bahrain Security Conference

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, during their meeting at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In the latest sign of normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world, a senior Israeli security official will attend the Warsaw Process Ministerial’s Maritime and Aviation Security Working Group hosted in Bahrain from October 21 to 22.

The conference that will be held in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, has the objective of coordinating maritime and aviation security in the Persian Gulf.

The conference is co-sponsored by Poland, which held the conference earlier this year. The conference in Warsaw was attended by senior officials from Arab countries along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Although not confirming it directly, Israel’s Foreign Ministry told the Times of Israel that “Israel participates in the post-Warsaw process.”

There have been at least four serious maritime security incidents in the Persian Gulf this year involving Iran.

Israel and Bahrain do not have official diplomatic relations.