Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain in London receives phone call from Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa at FCO, UK
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, received today, Monday, 20 April 2020, a phone call from the Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, James Cleverly who extended his sincere greetings for the leadership and government of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Minister of State James Cleverly expressed his sincere gratitude and thanks to the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain for its pioneering role in aiding the British government in the evacuation of its national from Central Asia, especially from the Republic of India to the United Kingdom by opening its airspace and Bahrain International Airport to British Airways airlines and its crew for transit. He added that this facilitated the process of the return of nearly a thousand of British citizens stranded abroad. Mr. Cleverly stressed that such difficult circumstances show the historical and deep-rooted friendly relations between the two country, which is a matter of pride for us.
He also expressed his appreciation for the work done by Bahraini doctors working for the health sector of the United Kingdom in various hospitals, the numbers of which have exceeded 20 specialized doctors. He added that their tireless efforts at the frontline and around the clock has greatly contributed to combating the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by following up on patients and providing the necessary medical care for them.
The Ambassador conveyed the greetings and wishes of the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, on his recovery from COVID-19, wishing him abundant health and success. The Ambassador affirmed the readiness of the Kingdom of Bahrain to help all friendly countries in these difficult times, discussing cooperation with the UK to evacuate British nationals through Bahrain International Airport.
The Ambassador also highlighted the successful experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the fight against the virus in terms of medical treatment and recovery rates, which was lauded by the World Health Organisation and many other countries. He also stressed the need for international cooperation in this regard.
During the call, a number of issues of common concern between the two friendly countries, especially with regards to means of enhancing existing cooperation in the economic fields to achieve the objective set forth and their aspiration to double the volume of existing trade exchange as well as strive towards encouraging tourism and joint investment. They also consulted holding a Joint Working Group meeting between the two countries in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the current year, which is scheduled to address the aforementioned issues extensively as well as other issues of common interest through a number of specialized sub-committees of the joint working group.