Israeli officials said Thursday that Israel and Bahrain had signed a agriculture cooperation agreement bringing together countries that forged ties under a US diplomatic push in 2020.
In a statement, Israel’s Agriculture Ministry said the signing took place during an international conference in the Red Sea port of Eilat, which focused on “innovation in the aquaculture, as part of global efforts to ensure food security”.
Also present were delegates from the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, which also moved closer to Israel under the so-called “Abraham Accords” two years ago.
The Israeli ministry said that in accordance with a government decision, Eilat would become “a center for research and development of sea and desert foods”.
In other news, French President Emmanuel Macron says he will work with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to find a solution to Europe’s gas price issues in Brussels.
“I think it’s neither good for Germany nor for Europe if Germany isolates itself,” Macron said as he arrived at a summit of European leaders, stressing the importance of maintaining unity. .
The search for a common strategy to appease the European Union’s troubled energy market is expected to fuel talks in Brussels this week, as EU leaders gather for a two-day summit from October 20-21.
Energy prices – determined by the price of gas, coal and oil – had already soared around the world after the lifting of the coronavirus blockages and the opening of economies, and the war in Ukraine did not only exacerbates the crisis.
Moscow’s decision to cut gas supplies to the EU since the launch of the invasion has had a dynamic impact on gas prices within the bloc.
Germany is being criticized for opposing gas price measures demanded by other EU member states.
France supports such an approach.
Macron also announced that France, Spain and PortugalI had agreed to build a new pipeline project between his country and the Iberian Peninsula, abandoning the contested MidCat-Pipeline.
European leaders and their energy ministers have held a series of meetings over the past few weeks to find solutions to reduce these high prices. But a common strategy is not yet on the table.
Divisions persist over “price caps”, with some EU states, including Belgium, Italy, Poland and Greece, wanting a pan-European wholesale gas price cap.
Others, such as the Netherlands and Germany, oppose such a move, fearing it could hurt global gas supply and demand.