Bahrain has said it will not allow the import of Israeli products produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Bahrain’s state-run BNA news agency reported that the Gulf state’s trade minister had refused to accept Israeli products this week.
Bahrain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Zaid bin Rashid al-Zayani said Manama would not accept imports of Israeli products produced in Israel or in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.
On the other hand, official sources in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism said that the minister’s statement was misinterpreted and that the ministry was committed to the Bahraini government’s unwavering position on compliance with UN resolutions.
Under EU guidelines, products must be clearly labelled when exporting to EU member states, while President Trump’s administration last month removed US customs distinctions between goods made inside Israel and in the occupied territories.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki said his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, had also denied the industry minister’s comments over the phone.
A statement from Maliki’s office said, “The alleged remarks violate his country’s position of support for Bahrain’s Palestinian cause.”
On September 12, US President Donald Trump announced a peace agreement between Israel and Bahrain, and Bahrain, following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates, announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel.
Calling it a historic day, the US president said that Israel and Bahrain were establishing genuine diplomatic and trade relations.
Celebrating the White House, Trump described the development as “very important” not only for the Middle East but also for the world, and said it was “very interesting” that he made the announcement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. have been.