Non-resident ambassador of Bahrain to Kingdom of Netherlands holds a reception in The Hague on occasion of Bahrain’s national day
The Non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Netherlands, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, held a reception and lunch in The Hague, 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 48th anniversary of its full membership in the United Nations, and the 20th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne.
The ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials, including the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Geoffrey Van Leeuwen, Director General of OPCW, Mr. Fernando Arias, Secretary General of the PCA, Judge Hugo Siblesz, a large number of Ambassadors and diplomats accredited to The Hague, academics, journalists, and Dutch government officials.
The Ambassador pointed out the importance that the Kingdom of Bahrain holds to strengthening the existing communication with the Dutch government, especially in light of the Hague hosting as a headquarters for a large number of international organizations, adding the embassy's constant endeavors to support cooperation and facilitate all necessary measures with a view to multiplying the economic field to double the trade exchange to reach the aspirations of the two governments and achieve the common interest of the two friendly countries, with emphasising coordination between the two countries in regional and international forums, pointing out the effective participation of the Netherlands in protecting the security and safety of maritime navigation in the region, which comes to coincide with the decision of the Kingdom of Bahrain to host the headquarters of the International Alliance for the Protection of Maritime Security.
The Ambassador also emphasized the achievements made in the Kingdom of Bahrain since the accession of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, especially in the areas of empowering women politically and economically, supporting youth, and strengthening the Kingdom's leadership role in combating trafficking in persons, in addition to the Kingdom of Bahrain's pioneering experience in the region to promote tolerance between religions and much more achievements were under the full care and support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Ambassador Geoffrey Van Leeuwen praised the constant coordination between the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassy’s endeavor to intensify visits at the highest levels between officials of the two countries to increase cooperation between the two friendly countries and in all fields and their hoped to enhance these relations in the coming years to reach a higher trade exchange that reflects the depth of bilateral relations.