Shaikh Khalid and William Hague
Bahrain, UK sign MoU to bolster ties
London, November 21, 2012
Bahrain and Britain last night signed a key memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging to bolster deep-rooted historic relations and step up political and diplomatic co-ordination.
Under the agreement, signed by Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the two sides will co-ordinate stances regarding security, fight against terror, trade, investments and regional co-operation.
The annual meetings of the work team will be held alternately in both countries, said a report in our sister publication the Gulf Daily News.
Shaikh Khalid stressed Bahrain's firm resolve to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). He affirmed the kingdom's keenness to work in tandem with all parties to renounce violence and promote a favourable environment conducive to a comprehensive national dialogue.
Hague praised the Bahrain government for its efforts to overcome the challenges resulting from last year's unrest as well as its firm commitment to implement the BICI recommendations. He also reiterated Britain's support for Bahrain, pledging co-operation to build competency in all sectors.
The British minister lauded the role of Bahrain and other GCC states regarding key Mideast causes as well as their efforts to address pressing issues amid mounting upheavals.
He also underscored the importance of co-ordinating international stances to promote security and stability.
The Foreign Minister also met Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the UK Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Minister for Faith and Communities as well as the minister responsible for human rights, and confirmed Bahrain's keenness to implement its national and international commitments in human rights.
They discussed means of bolstering constructive co-operation in the field of building, promoting and safeguarding the human rights culture.
The Foreign Minister later attended the annual dinner banquet held by the Bahraini-British Friendship Society. Speaking at the event, he expressed pride in the historic relations between Bahrain and the UK.
He praised the society for reflecting the deep-rooted friendship and co-operation between the countries.
He also pointed out the unprecedented steps taken by Bahrain towards reforms and progress to the ranks of developed nations, stressing that recent challenges could be overcome with the backing and support of friends in the international community. – TradeArabia News Service