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Bahrain in touch with Israel's new government to learn about peace policy - minister

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Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani speaks during a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Jerusalem November 18, 2020. Menahem Kahana/Pool via REUTERS

CAIRO, June 16 (Reuters) - Bahrain's minister of foreign affairs, Abdullatif Al Zayani, said on Wednesday the kingdom is communicating with Israel's new government to learn about its policy on the efforts aiming to bring peace to the region by settling the Palestinian issue in line with the two-state solution.

The communications are "driven by the Kingdom’s approach which is based on understanding, dialogue and cooperation among people," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Bahrain agreed to normalize relations with Israel in September 2020, becoming the second Gulf country to do so after the United Arab Emirates.

Bahrain's crown prince on Monday congratulated Israel's new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, expressing his wishes of success to the newly formed government. read more

Bennett's patchwork coalition government came to power on Sunday on a pledge to focus on socioeconomic issues and avoid sensitive policy choices towards the Palestinians. read more

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Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Ahmed Tolba in Cairo Editing by Matthew Lewis

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