Embassy of Kingdom of Bahrain to United Kingdom hosts event on occasion of Bahraini National Day in Kingdom of the Netherlands
On the occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain's national celebrations on 16 and 17 December, in commemoration of the establishment of the modern Bahraini state as an Arab and Muslim country founded by Ahmed Al-Fateh in 1783, the 47th anniversary of its full membership in the United Nations, and the 19th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne, the Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, hosted an event and luncheon in The Hague in the Netherlands.
The event was in the presence of the Director of the Middle East & North Africa Division at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey van Leeuwen, and the GCC Coordinator of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, as well as the judge of the International Court of Justice, Peter Tomka, and the Senior Vice President of the Middle East, Gulf & India at Air France KLM, Welmer Blom. A number of ambassadors, diplomats, media professionals and businesspersons residing in the Kingdom of the Netherlands have also attended the event.
On this occasion, the Bahraini Ambassador delivered a speech highlighting the strong relationship between the two friendly countries, praising the level of bilateral relations. He also noted the mutual desire to constantly promote and develop these relations in various fields and levels.
The Bahraini Ambassador discussed in his speech the progress of the reformist and democratic approach in the Kingdom, noting the historical success of the parliamentary and municipal elections in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with a 67% turnout. He also pointed out the significant role of Bahraini women in this democratic process and their outstanding participation in the parliamentary and municipal elections, which serves the interests of the country.
For his part, the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed the keenness of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to further develop bilateral relations in all economic, cultural and political fields. He also congratulated the Kingdom of Bahrain on winning the membership of the Human Rights Council for the 3rd time, highlighting in this regard the efforts of the Kingdom in the field of human rights. He also praised the Kingdom’s achievement of Tier 1 status in the U.S. State Department's 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.
The GCC Coordinator of the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed thanks to the Kingdom of Bahrain for holding this ceremony, praising the efforts exerted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to further enhance joint cooperation between the two Kingdoms. He also wished Bahrain further progress and prosperity.