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Israeli delegation cancels talks at Bahrain conference

AFP  |  Dubai 

Israeli speakers scheduled to appear at a business conference in next week have cancelled their talks over "security concerns", organisers said on Sunday.

At least three Israeli speakers, including the Innovation Authority's Anya Eldan, had been due to address the Global Entrepreneurship in

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 of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

has official diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, neighbouring and

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

In 2018, hosted a UNESCO conference attended by an Israeli delegation.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:15 IST