Selin ATAY-TDO-An Israeli delegation will attend a U.S.-led maritime security meeting to be held Sunday in Bahrain, Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Saturday.
The October 21-22 initiative, hosted by Bahrain in conjunction with the US and Poland, stems from a conference held in Warsaw last February that was attended by top officials from some 60 nations, the goal being to seek ways to attain stability in the Middle East.
Noting that there were no diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel, the report emphasized the importance of an official delegation representing Tel Aviv at the summit in the Bahraini capital of Manama.
The latest conference will have representatives from most of the 60 countries represented in Warsaw, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, as well as Australia and Britain.In the two-day summit, the main agenda of which will be the "Iranian threat in the Persian Gulf".
As a background information, the maritime security meeting in Manama is a follow-up to the U.S.-led anti-Iran conference held in the Polish capital of Warsaw in February. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part in the Warsaw conference in February, in which Foreign Ministers from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia criticized Iran and said the Islamic Republic threatens the rest of the Middle East.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry did not deny the report, telling Channel 13 that the conference was "part of the Warsaw process".
Israel and Bahrain do not have full and official diplomatic relations. The Israeli participation in the conference, which will be attended by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman, is another example of the Iranian threat that is bringing Israel and the Gulf states closer together and allowing their government officials to be seen publicly around the same table.