Bahraini Ambassador to USA in his speech at Rotary Club of New York: His Majesty the King’s reforms made Bahrain more free, open and representative
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to USA, Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, stressed that His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa carried out a series of reforms that made the Kingdom more free, open and representative, reflecting the aspirations of the people of Bahrain, which His Majesty has recognized more than two decades ago.
This took place during the round table, held by the Rotary Club of New York, which the Ambassador was invited to, to mark the 19th anniversary of the National Action Charter.
The Ambassador explained that the Kingdom of Bahrain does not only represent its people directly through a bicameral parliament, but like USA, enjoys an inclusive culture that welcomes everyone and values them for their differences and similarities, adding that Bahrain is a country that you have a feeling of belonging to, regardless of religion, gender or social background.
He also pointed out that the Kingdom of Bahrain today supports the establishment of hundreds of different religious institutions, including churches, synagogues and temples next to mosques, noting the launch of “Kingdom of Bahrain Declaration”, which calls for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence for all people of the world, and was formally launched in Los Angeles, USA, in September 2017. Since then, it has embarked on a journey around the world, and is presented to world leaders for their support.
The Ambassador continued: it is not about welcoming people of all religions, but men and women as well, as women in Bahrain hold senior leadership positions, and not only the Representatives Council Speaker is a woman, but more than 54% of public sector leadership in Bahrain are women, and Bahrain welcomes talented people from around the world.
The Ambassador touched on the Bahrain-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA), stating that more than 400 financial institutions are based in Bahrain, given the skilled workforce and having English as the language of “business”, noting the advantage of Bahrain’s strategic location to easily reach Arab and GCC countries and new markets, in addition to building sustainable partnerships and promoting lasting friendships.
The Ambassador also expressed Bahrain’s pride in being a “stable country, and is confident in its capabilities to communicate with the world. We are people like you who are proud of ourselves, we are open, honest and work hard”.
The Ambassador voiced his conviction that the time is particularly appropriate to join the American Bahrain Friendship Society (ABFSDC), which will be 30 this year, appreciating everyone’s great efforts made during the past three decades, saying that we will celebrate this throughout 2020 through some distinguished events.
He also explained that Bahrain is one of the first countries to host F1 races in the region. On March 22, ABFSDC will host a ceremony at the embassy to watch the 2020 race hosted by Bahrain, adding at the same time that next June will be a particularly busy month, as we will organize a Bahraini fashion show and the thirtieth anniversary party, in addition to entertainment events and events organized for meeting with each other not only in Washington, DC, but in select cities all over the USA.
In his speech, the Ambassador hailed the relationship between the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America, which is what unites the two countries, saying that “the more we interact and learn from each other, the more we understand and cooperate with each other, and the more we work together, the more we all benefit”.
He continued: like USA, Bahrain is a country rich in intellectuals, long history and job opportunities, the two friendly people have a modern and futuristic view, as well as talented and skilled workforce, working relentlessly for a thriving economy, despite different challenges.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Rotary Club of New York announced their honor in granting Shaikh Abdullah their honorary membership, as Rotary International is a voluntary international service organization, founded in Chicago more than 100 years ago, and Rotary Clubs are open to all races, cultures and races without discrimination or prejudice.