While there are controversy ongoing about recognizing Israel due to their role on Palestinian people, Israel and Bhutan announced Saturday the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two countries, reports AP.
The agreement will “open the path to greater cooperation and further strengthen relations” between Israel and the South Asian kingdom, according to a joint statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the deal, writing on Twitter that it is an “additional fruit of the peace agreements.
He said: “We are in contact with other countries that want to join and establish relations with us.”
The development comes two days after Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize ties in a deal brokered with assistance from the US. Morocco became the fourth Arab country — after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan — to settle differences with Israel in recent months.
The agreement with Bhutan looks separate from US efforts that have led to the normalization of ties between Israel and four Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, in recent months.
The foreign ministers of Israel and Bhutan held secret talks that resulted in the agreement.
Even in the absence of formal relations, Israel has helped Bhutan in the field of development and agriculture since 1982, the statement said.