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First Israeli parliamentary delegation to Bahrain since Abraham Accords arrives in Manama for IPU conference

General view of Embassy of Israel is pictured after its inauguration in Manama, Bahrain, Sept. 30, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

For the first time since Israel and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords normalization agreement in 2020, an official delegation of Israeli Knesset members are making a trip to Bahrain.

The delegation left arrived on Thursday to participate in the upcoming 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which will begin on Saturday in Bahrain's capital, Manama.

Knesset Member Danny Danon said the IPU event is “the most important conference for parliaments,” and that the delegation’s aim is “to represent Israel and promote issues of concern to Israel."

Led by Danon, the Israeli delegation includes Knesset Members Dan Illouz, Yifat Shasha-Biton and Elazar Stern.

One key issue of focus for the delegation is the Iranian threat. When speaking about his expectations for the trip, Danon said that "the challenge facing the delegation will be to influence more countries to join the sanctions imposed on Iran."

The Inter-Parliamentary Union was founded in 1889 and facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world. 

The IPU is “inching ever closer to universal membership, with 178 Member Parliaments out of the 193 countries in the world,” representing “the overwhelming majority of the world’s 8 billion people,” according to its website.

The organization also helped pave the way for the creation of the United Nations, saying “its calls for an international institution linking governments helped lay the foundations for the creation of the League of Nations in 1919 and the United Nations in 1945.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Promoting peaceful coexistence and inclusive societies: Fighting intolerance.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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