Change of tone between Bahrain and Israel

Bahrain will not allow imports from Israeli settlements in Judea-Samaria, the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism announced Friday, according to a report by the state news agency BNA.

The ministry’s statement contradicts the country’s trade minister, who said during a visit to Israel last week that they would be allowed.

The statement of the Bahraini Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, “has been misinterpreted,” the ministry said, adding that Islamic Cooperation Organization regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights. »

Al Zayani was in Israel last week at the head of a 40-member delegation. He signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) with his Israeli counterpart Orit Farkash-Hacohen at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that in a telephone conversation with him, Zayani denied ever having made these comments.

“The alleged comments … were in complete contradiction to his country’s [Bahrain’s] position of support for the Palestinian cause,” said a statement from Maliki’s office, according to Reuters.

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