Bahraini Ambassador to U.K. holds a series of meetings in Leeds
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa today participated in a series of meetings in Leeds at the invitation of MP for Leeds, Shadow Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at the British Labor Party Fabian Hamilton.
During a meeting with Lord Mayor of Leeds Eileen Taylor at the city council, the Ambassador thanked her and appreciated the warm welcome he felt since his entry to Leeds, which attracts a large number of Bahraini students at its various universities, feeling it easy to integrate in the local community and enjoying the city's comfortable lifestyle.
They discussed economic cooperation and direct investment opportunities in Leeds, where Taylor pointed out that the city is an old industrial city and has a great deal of money exchange, where it is the location of one of the largest financial centers in England outside London.
She said the city has new industries where retail and call centers, offices and media outlets contribute to the high economic growth rate in Leeds and the development of the wider West Yorkshire Region.
In another meeting with Professor Tom Ward, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Leeds University, the Ambassador pointed out that for decades Leeds universities have been the prime destination for Bahraini students.
Large scores, he said, graduated from these universities and held the highest positions when they returned to Bahrain because they demonstrated high scientific and educational levels thanks to these prestigious universities.
He thanked Professor Ward for caring for Bahraini students wishing them success on the beginning of the new academic year.
During his meeting with the President of the Islamic Center of Leeds, the ambassador stressed the importance of the cultural diversity of the city of Leeds, which includes a large Muslim community that had a great role in conveying the true generous image of the true Islamic religion not only in Leeds but also in Britain as a whole.
The Kingdom of Bahrain efforts that promote tolerance among religions all over the world, in addition to introducing the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain in this field, based on the vision of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and his keenness to spread the values of tolerance and coexistence.
The President of the Islamic Center touched on the work carried out by the Center, which seeks to spread the culture of tolerance, knowledge and peaceful coexistence among religions, noting his great pride and appreciation for the visit of the Ambassador and the accompanying delegation to the Center and hoping that such cooperation would continue.
On the sidelines of the visit, Ms. Emma Parsons, Representative of the Bahrain Economic Development Board in the United Kingdom, met with Tim Bailey, Director of International Trade at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce.
The meeting discussed ways of enhancing future cooperation between the city of Leeds and the kingdom of Bahrain, particularly in the area of direct investment.