Israeli delegation not to participate in GEC in Bahrain

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-14 19:45:54|Editor: zh
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MANAMA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- More than 30 Israeli delegates, who were expected to take part in a key meeting in Bahrain on Monday, will not show up due to "security concerns."

The organizers of the conference confirmed the news about the nonparticipation of the Israelis on Sunday in a statement.

They were expected to take part in the 11th Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2019 that starts from Monday until Thursday.

They decided on Sunday morning not to come due to security concerns and expressed a wish not to cause disruption for the other participants, said an events spokeswoman.

There has been a massive uproar in Bahrain parliament and civil societies condemning the participation of Israeli delegates.

Members of parliament last week presented an urgent proposal, for the third week in a row, to reject the participation of the over 40-member Israeli delegation, reportedly headed by Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen.

Known for its leading global dialogue on entrepreneurship, the GEC will bring together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and economic policymakers from more than 170 countries and regions.

Bahrain, like other Gulf country, has no diplomatic ties with Israel.