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CORRECTED-UAE welcomes Israel-Bahrain agreement, hopes it will be positive for peace

(Corrects that it is a foreign ministry statement, not from the foreign minister)

DUBAI, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed the decision by Bahrain and Israel to establish relations, which it said it hoped would have a positive effect on the climate for peace and cooperation in the region and around the world.

“The move represents a significant step towards an era of security and prosperity ... (and) would expand the scope of economic, cultural, scientific, and diplomatic avenues of cooperation,” the UAE foreign ministry said in a statement.

The UAE will on Sept. 15 normalise ties with Israel, which was announced last month. Bahrain and Israel will sign a declaration the same day. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell)