Israel signed an agreement in the field of high-tech and science with Bahrain on February 14, ahead of the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Taking to social media, Israeli Innovation, Science and Technology Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen shared photos of her and her Bahraini counterpart, Zayed R. Alzayani, signing the agreement via Zoom, flanked by the two national flags.

“This is further proof that people are the ones making peace. The agreements that we signed and the cooperation will bring peace forward,” the minister wrote on Facebook. “Israeli high-tech is world-renowned and crosses borders and continents. It is a strategic asset for our foreign relations.”

Israel and Bahrain commenced diplomatic relations in September 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords, which also saw Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize their diplomatic relations. Since then, Israel and its newly friendly neighbors have cooperated across numerous fields, including investment, innovation, medicine and thinktanks.

The agreement came during Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to Manama, where he met with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, senior officials and the local Jewish community.