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April 14, 2019 10:06 am

Israeli Delegation Cancels Visit to Bahrain Over Security Concerns

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain, August 29, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File Photo.

An Israeli delegation of businessmen and government officials planning to take part in a business conference in Bahrain has canceled its visit over security concerns, a statement from the organizers said on Sunday.

The group had been planning to attend a congress organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network from April 15.

“While we advised the Israeli delegation they would be welcome, they decided this morning not to come due to security concerns and a wish not to cause disruption for the other 180 nations participating,” the organization’s president Jonathan Ortmans said in a statement sent to Reuters.

The cancellation came after the kingdom’s parliament issued a statement rejecting the visit, and some protests against it in the streets of the capital Manama.

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