Bahrain’s foreign minister Abdullatif al-Zayani delivers a statement upon the arrival of an Israeli delegation accompanied by the US treasury secretary, in Muharraq, Bahrain [Ronen Zvulun/AP Photo]

Bahrain and Israel have signed a joint communique to formalise ties during a visit by an Israeli and US delegation to Manama to broaden cooperation that Washington has promoted as an anti-Iran bulwark and potential economic boom.

Bahrain followed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in agreeing last month to normalise ties with Israel in US-brokered deals, stunning Palestinians who had demanded statehood before any such regional rapprochement.

The UAE and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to normalise ties with Israel, following Egypt’s peace deal with Israel in 1979 and a 1994

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