Israeli President Isaac Herzog left Sunday morning for Bahrain on a two-day visit, The Times of Israel reports.
This is the Israeli president's first trip to the kingdom, to be followed by a visit to the United Arab Emirates: both countries established diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020.
Before leaving, Herzog said the trip is “predominantly a message of peace in the region.”
“Another historic step in the relationship between Israel and Arab states that signed the Abraham Accords, with the hope that more and more countries will be able to join the circle of peace with the State of Israel,” Herzog said, in English.
After landing in Manama, Herzog and his wife were greeted by Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani and Bahrain’s envoy to Israel Khaled Yousif Al-Jalahma.
On Monday, the president will travel to Abu Dhabi, where he will meet with his Emirati counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Duke will also attend the Abu Dhabi Space Debate, a forum on space exploration policy, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.