On the special occasion of Bahrain’s National Day, Gulf Insider takes a closer look at relationships between Bahrain and some of its major trading partners.
I am honoured to pen a few words for Gulf Insider as the Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates its 48th National Day, which also celebrates the 20-year accession of His Majesty King Hamad. I am very proud of the historic UK-Bahrain relationship, which goes back over 200 years.
I have been impressed by the passion and maturity shown by Bahraini youth to offer ideas on important issues, including climate change. A delegation visited the UK to observe a Youth Parliament and are working on a similar initiative in Bahrain, with the full support of Her Excellency the Speaker. Our Defence relationship goes from strength to strength, with HMS Montrose and other RN vessels based from Bahrain through this eventful year.
I was pleased to welcome the UK Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, making Bahrain his first overseas visit. Mr. Chishti saw religious leaders and places of worship and meeting halls from all the main faiths that are freely represented in Bahrain.