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U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

Negotiations for the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA) were launched January 26, 2004 in Manama, Bahrain. Negotiations were completed on May 27, 2004 and the FTA was signed on September 14, 2004. On January 11, 2006, legislation was signed implementing the US-Bahrain FTA. The Agreement entered into force on August 1, 2006.

Bahrain is the first U.S. FTA partner on the Arabian Peninsula and the third FTA partner among Arab countries (Jordan and Morocco are the others). The United States is currently negotiating an FTA with the United Arab Emirates and completed negotiations with Oman on January 19, 2006.

Services account for roughly 50 percent of Bahrain