Brussels, May 16 (BNA) The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee hosted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Fawzia bint Abdullah Zainal, in its meeting.
The speaker highlighted the comprehensive development that Bahrain is witnessing under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and focused on the recent steps in the field of human rights.
She stressed that the meetings between the House of Representatives and the European Parliament reflect the relations between Bahrain and the countries of the European Union, and a continuous endeavor to develop cooperation in all fields.
Zainal said that Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty the King and its people, of mercy, tolerance, coexistence and national efforts are witnessing a comprehensive modernization in the administrative, developmental, economic, political, cultural and social programs.
She pointed out that comprehensive development began during the reign of His Majesty the King, when the National Action Charter was launched through a committee in which men and women from all segments of Bahraini society participated.
The charter was approved by 98.4% of the Bahraini people, making it the most prominent manifestation of the popular partnership in creating an advanced democratic reality.
The spokesman touched on the national efforts made during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the provision of all preventive and curative services. These efforts have made Bahrain a model for commitment to human rights principles and the pursuit of sustainable development goals.
She stressed the Kingdom’s current joint work and the appropriate conditions for enhancing cooperation, especially sustainable partnership in the economic, political and cultural fields.
Zainal highlighted the 30-year economic cooperation agreement between Bahrain and the European Union, which facilitated political and economic relations in the fields of energy, industry, trade, services, agriculture, fish production, investment, science and technology.
She stressed the need for more work and the use of parliamentary diplomacy to enhance cooperation in all fields.
Several members of the European Parliament emphasized that Bahrain is an important partner of the European Union, and that the European Parliamentarians are interested in hearing the views of the Bahraini Parliament on security and political issues related to global developments.
They pointed out that the Parliament’s proposals related to human rights represent an important topic, stressing their follow-up to the efforts made by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, in the pursuit of advanced steps in building a democratic system. A pluralistic, stable society.
Members of the European Parliament touched on Bahrain’s proactive steps in the Gulf and the Arab world, including the free and direct elections for the first woman president of the House of Representatives.
They stressed the necessity of listening to women in politics, considering that Bahrain is a model in this regard.
The members noted that the visits of members of the European Parliament to Bahrain strengthened the Bahraini-European relations and called for their development.