Israel will only send business delegation to Bahrain summit

      Published on Tuesday, 18 June , 2019      560      
Israel will only send business delegation to Bahrain summit

  • World News

Israel will not send elected government representatives to the June 25-26 peace summit in Bahrain, the Reuters news agency reported Monday.

The Israeli delegation will instead consist of private citizens involved in business, high-tech and innovation, said the report, which cited two unnamed sources “briefed on the event.”

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon was widely expected to attend the meeting in Manama.

Channel 13 news reported last week that US organizers of the conference were waiting for more Arab countries to RSVP before extending a formal invitation to the Jewish state to attend the confab, where the Trump administration is said to be planning the unveiling of the economic component of its long-simmering plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have said they will attend.

But after a discussion between American and Bahraini officials, the organizers reportedly concluded that Israeli political leaders should not be invited, in part because Israel is currently led by an interim caretaker government ahead of the September 17 elections.

Category World News | 2019/06/18 latest update at 4:00 PM
Source : Times of Israel | Photocredit : Google
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