Israel and The Bahamas discuss strengthening of bilateral ties

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Ms. Rhoda Jackson, Director General; Mr. Eugene Newry, Under Secretary; Mrs. Angelika Hillebrandt, Foreign Service Officer; and Mr. Arthur Seligman, Honorary Consul of Israel in The Bahamas.

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel in Mexico accredited to The Bahamas, Mr. Nadav Goren, concluded his official work visit to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas between April 24-27, 2022, which was conducted as a follow-up to the first official visit of the Ambassador of Israel in Mexico accredited to The Bahamas, H.E. Mr. Zvi Tal, in November 2021.

On this backdrop, the Deputy Chief of Mission, who as accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Israel in The Bahamas, Mr. Arthur Seligman, met with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the recently appointed Director General, Mrs. Rhoda Jackson, as well as with the Under- Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Head of International Relations, Mr. Eugene Newry. As a means to further bolster the bilateral ties, during the meeting they discussed establishing a common agenda going forward. Furthermore, the Deputy Chief of Mission briefed the Ministry team on the various activities that Israel has initiated in The Bahamas in various areas such as: hurricane preparedness, water management, education, agriculture and capacity building.

Moreover, during his visit DCM Goren conducted meetings with government officials such as the Minister of Health and Wellness – The Hon. Michael Darville -; the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs – The Hon. Clay Sweeting -; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction (NEMA) – Mr. Carl Francis Smith -; and the Director for Trade of the Ministry for Economic Affairs – Mrs. Brickell Pinde -. On the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to diversify the Bahamian economy, Israel and The Bahamas designated focus areas including: health, agriculture and emergency preparedness.

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Additionally, the Deputy Chief of Mission traveled to Grand Bahama Island and visited the Eight Mile Rock Community, where the Embassy of Israel, in collaboration with MASHAV, IsraAID, and the Bahamian Government, are installing hurricane-resistant windows to help the community better prepare for future disasters. This center is aimed to offer an emergency shelter to the 14,200 people in West Grand Bahama and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations.

In this regard, this official visit is a tangible result of the strong bilateral relations between the State of Israel and The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Embassy of Israel and its partners will

continue the joint work with local communities in The Bahamas to advance a safe and prosperous future, while strengthening the bilateral ties between both countries and amongst the peoples.