Bahrain Embassy in U.K. holds a seminar on The Declaration of Abraham Principles and Future of the Region
At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Embassy held a seminar entitled “Declaration of Abraham's Principles and the Future of the Region” to shed light on regional developments and arrangements for the coming period.
Participating in the seminar were the former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, the former Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, Alistair Burt, and Head of Defense and Security Affairs at the Telegraph newspaper, Con Coughlin.
Also attending were a number of diplomats, politicians, researchers and interested people from the United Kingdom and a number of countries.
In his opening speech, the Ambassador touched on the prospects of great cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel and the countries of the region in general and stressed the endeavor to accelerate economic, commercial, and scientific cooperation and other aspects to achieve effective convergence between the peoples of the region and attain security and prosperity.
Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al Khalifa noted that the Kingdom of Bahrain has always been for peace in the region in quest for economic development and prosperity for all, and that the cultural diversity characterizing the Kingdom of Bahrain - openness to tolerance and peace - reflects the Kingdom's enduring approach to tolerance and peace.
He indicated that the declaration is a great opportunity for a just and comprehensive peace in the region and hoped that all parties would seize the opportunity to reap its fruits very soon.
He also affirmed that the solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict could only be achieved through a permanent and comprehensive peace, based on the two-state solution that guarantees the rights of the Palestinian people in line with Bahrain’s stance vis-a-vis the Middle East peace process.
The former Minister for Middle East and North Africa Affairs, Alistair Burt, referred to the aspiration of the peoples of the region and the world at large for a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East region, praising the values of tolerance and peace reflected by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s political approach.
He stressed the United Kingdom’s welcome of this declaration, which he considered supportive to a two-state solution through a true vision and the will of everyone, expressing hope that the international community will support the efforts aimed at reaching a lasting peace.
For his part, Con Coughlin indicated that the peace process in the region has been subjected to a number of obstacles in recent decades after the great start and optimism following the 1993 Oslo Agreement.
He described the current situation as completely different and the awareness of the peoples of the region has changed positively, amid aspirations for a lasting peace in the region.
In her turn, the Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, Huda Nono, said the peace between Bahrain and Israel is just the beginning of economic, commercial and cultural cooperation at all levels where a number of bilateral visits are held.
She referred to the visit paid by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, to Israel and the visit paid by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, during which MoUs and bilateral cooperation were signed between the two countries.
The Vice President of the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence, Betsy B Mathieson, said the Kingdom of Bahrain, leadership and people, were always open to other religions and cultures.
She added that, based on these convictions, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, affirmed these values and urged the building of trust and understanding between all cultures and religions through the establishment of the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence, and Bahrain's flagship declaration of 2017, which sought to promote peace, tolerance and coexistence, not only in the Kingdom of Bahrain but across the world.