On the sidelines of UNGA .. Bahraini Ambassador in Washington stresses need to address serious security breaches implemented by Iran in region
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America, Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa attended the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) event as a speaker, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, in the presence of the U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who was a featured speaker in the event.
During the event, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington highlighted the major security threats and challenges posed by the Iranian regime and its network of terrorist organizations, both regionally and internationally, especially in light of recent abuses and attacks that threaten the safety of international navigation and global energy security, the latest being the attack on oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Bahraini Ambassador also pointed out that the Kingdom of Bahrain over the past four decades has combatted the Iranian regime that aimed to acquire deceptive methods and false allegations, including the statements of some Iranian officials that violated Islamic and international principles such as the principle of good-neighborliness and non-interference in internal affairs, and non-encroachment on the sovereignty of States, through their support for extremism and terrorist organizations by money, training and equipment.
The Bahraini Ambassador highlighted the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear program and its severe strategic and geopolitical implications if the regime was able to acquire nuclear weapons, and therefore the need for the international community to put an end to it. He added that the Iranian nuclear program, even if its safety was guaranteed, still poses a grave environmental security threat to the Arabian Gulf region as the technologies used are backward and outdated.
As for the Iranian ballistic missile development program, Shaikh Abdullah stressed the danger posed by the Iranian regime's arsenal of missiles to regional and international security, as evidenced by its reckless arming of Houthi coupists, and that the arsenal of this system is no longer more accurate, but it is also capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
Shaikh Abdullah reiterated his regret that the international community has avoided confronting the Iranian regime on the network of terrorist organizations it has created in the Middle East and thus threatening the regime of Arab countries as a whole, noting that this is due to the international community's focus on the nuclear and ballistic programs, without realizing the dangerous strategic dimension of such a terrorist network that seeks to marginalize the existing regional order.
At the end of his talk, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Washington stressed the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Bahrain as a strategic ally of the United States of America to counter the Iranian regime's attempts to destabilize regional and international security and stability. He also added that the Kingdom of Bahrain is not only participating in the seven US-led Warsaw Process, but will host the meeting of the Maritime and Air Navigation Security Conference in October and is the first country in the region to participate in the International Alliance for Security.
He stressed that the Kingdom of Bahrain has always been proactive in engaging the United States in its fight against terrorism, as the Kingdom was the first country to engage with the United States in its operations against ISIS.
It is worth mentioning that the event was attended by many stakeholders and influencers in international foreign policy, most notably, U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, as a featured speaker, and Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thamer Al-Sahban, Member of the European Parliament and former Polish Foreign Minister, Radosław Sikorski, and Under Secretary For Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Sigal Mandelker, as well as other international officials.