Bahrain/Israel: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the establishment of diplomatic relations

The EU welcomes the announced establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Israel. This follows a similar decision taken by Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month.

The EU recognises the role played by the United States in this regard and believes that these developments represent a positive contribution to peace and stability in the Middle East.

The EU recalls its Declaration of 15 August 2020 and its longstanding position that a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires a regional inclusive approach and engagement with both parties. In this regard, the EU remains firm in its commitment to a negotiated and viable two-state solution built upon the internationally agreed parameters. The EU remains ready to support the Israelis and the Palestinians in efforts to resume meaningful negotiations on all final status issues in order to achieve a just and lasting peace.