Bahrain appoints head of diplomatic mission to Israel: BNA

March 30, 2021 8:47 AM EDT

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain has appointed Khalid Al Jalahma as head of its diplomatic mission to Israel, state news agency BNA reported on Tuesday following a deal to establish relations last year.

Jalahma was previously director of the operations directorate at Bahrain's foreign ministry and had also served as deputy chief of mission at the kingdom's embassy in the United States.

The Israeli foreign ministry said that a team from Bahrain would arrive in Israel in coming weeks to make the necessary arrangements for the Bahraini embassy.

Bahrain's move closely followed the United Arab Emirates' naming of an ambassador to Israel after the two Gulf Arab states signed agreements last September to normalise ties with Israel in U.S.-brokered deals.

The three countries share common concerns about Iran.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Alison Williams, William Maclean)

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