Manama, May 25 (BNA) Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs Dr. Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa affirmed the keenness of the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to build bridges of peace and coexistence in the region. Strengthening its role as an effective partner in consolidating regional and international security and stability.
In a radio interview with BBC Arabic, Dr. Sheikh Abdullah explained that Bahrain’s diplomatic relations and its economic, political, social, security and defense cooperation with Israel do not affect its firm support for the cause of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, on the borders of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital. Eastern Province, on the basis of the principle of the two-state solution, a firm and uncompromising position that has not and will not change.
He added that relations with Israel will contribute to establishing peace and resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and are not directed against any country in the region, including Iran.
He said, “Iran is a geographically neighboring country, but the historical fact is that it has not adhered during recent decades to the most important principles of international law, which is respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.” .
He pointed out that Bahrain has suffered a lot from Iranian interference in its affairs through smuggling weapons and explosives and disturbing internal security, despite the many initiatives and endeavors to seek bridges with it and ensure that “Iran is safe, stable and prosperous.” public good.
On the relations between Bahrain and Qatar, he stressed that “relations with the brothers in Qatar are important and extend throughout history, and that Qatar is Bahrain and Bahrain is Qatar and their people are one.”
He stressed Bahrain’s commitment to what was stated in the Al-Ula Declaration – issued by the Gulf summit that was held in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021 – where Bahrain sent several invitations to the brothers in Qatar and are still there. Waiting for this call to be accepted and to move forward with resolving all outstanding political and security issues.
Commenting on relations with Syria, the Undersecretary for Political Affairs affirmed that “the Kingdom of Bahrain has not severed its relationship with Syria since 2011. Syria is a brotherly Arab country, and we are fully aware that the crisis is protracted and must continue. Coordination has been made with the brothers in the Arab countries and the sisterly Syrian Arab Republic to resolve the issue.” This issue “.
He stated that the Kingdom is continuing its initiatives to consolidate regional and international security and stability in cooperation with its allies and international partners, led by the United States of America as a strategic partner.
He pointed out that Manama hosts not only the US Fifth Fleet, but also the Joint Task Force of the Combined Maritime Forces led by the United States, which includes 34 countries, to maintain security and stability in the Arabian Gulf and beyond, through its efforts. In the fight against terrorism, maritime piracy and the illicit trade in weapons and explosives.
He highlighted the commitment of brotherly and friendly countries to support joint efforts to secure freedom of navigation and international trade, whether by deploying liaison officers such as Israel and other countries, or sending naval ships, in a manner that supports security and stability in the region. .