Israeli speakers scheduled to appear at a business conference in Bahrain next week have cancelled their talks over "security concerns", organisers said on Sunday.
Their attendance at the four-day event that starts on Monday had been condemned by members of parliament in Bahrain, which does not recognise the Jewish state.
"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," said Jonathan Ortmans, founder and president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
Israel has long faced resistance to its efforts to improve ties with Arab nations because of its 50-year occupation of Arab territories.
It has, however, recently seen increased behind-the-scenes cooperation with some Gulf states, particularly in tackling their shared enemy Iran.
In 2018, Bahrain hosted a UNESCO conference attended by an Israeli delegation.
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