The State of Israel operated a secret embassy in the Bahraini capital of Manama for more than a decade, the Axios website reported on Wednesday, as the signing of the Abraham Accords signal the first official diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain.

According to the report, the Jewish state has worked on establishing quiet diplomatic ties with Bahrain for 11 years, principally through the use of a shell company – The Center for International Development – registered in the Gulf state.

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Bahrain archives registered the embassy as a company providing marketing, promotion and investment services, and its website explained that it was a consulting firm for Western companies interested in non-oil investments in the region.

Read more at i24NEWS.