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Bahrain delegation participates in meeting of Middle East Strategic Alliance the Bahrain delegation led by Undersecretary for International Affairs

A delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain participated in the meeting of the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) on Development and Cooperation in the Economy and Energy with the United States of America, chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for International Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, which was held in the Sultanate of Oman. This comes at the invitation of the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State, Francis R. Fannonand and the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman for Diplomatic Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Mohammed bin Awad Al-Hassan.

The delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and National Economy, National Oil and Gas Authority, Electricity and Water Authority and the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies “DERASAT”.

The meeting was inaugurated with a speech from the Sultanate of Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, General Secretary of Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State, Francis R. Fannon, about regional strategic alliance in order to achieve stability and prosperity.

During the meeting, the role of cooperation for development was addressed in strengthening regional security. Presentations were also made by the US Department of Energy, the US Trade Representative's Office, and a private investment firm.

Dr Shaikh Abdulla stressed the importance of the Middle East Strategic Alliance, as it aims to contribute in enhancing security and prosperity in the region. He also affirmed the commitment of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s active participation in the alliance to achieve its desired objectives. The Undersecretary of International Affairs pointed out the importance of alliances and partnerships between countries responsible and supportive of stability in the region and its allies abroad to ensure the regional security system, especially in light of the challenges facing the region, as well as expanding investment and economic cooperation and maximizing common benefits.

Dr Shaikh Abdulla noted that the Kingdom of Bahrain is looking forward to establish a comprehensive strategic institutional framework and effective partnerships that are sustainable to security and development. He pointed out that the inter-energy investments and the exchange of experiences represent a fertile ground for joint cooperation. The oil and gas resources announced by the Kingdom of Bahrain last year, will provide promising opportunities to launch a large portfolio of investment projects in the oil and gas, infrastructure, transportation and IT sectors.

The Undersecretary of International Affairs stated that the principles and objectives of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 and its accumulated qualitative successes have not only reinforced the strength and solidness of the national economy and attraction of foreign investments, but also has a positive impact on various social and developmental fields, particularly in accordance with the highest standards of quality and excellence.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Undersecretary for International Affairs met with the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State, Francis R. Fannonand, where they discussed ways to enhance bilateral and regional cooperation, including the promotion of mutual investments in energy.

Dr . Shaikh Abdulla stressed that historical ties and close partnership between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States under the existing alliance between the two countries, aims to promote economic cooperation, combating terrorism, guaranteeing freedom of navigation and maritime security and countering interventions and practices that are contrary to the international law rules.

The Undersecretary of International Affairs also mentioned that the meeting between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Summit of Leaders of the GCC and the United States and the Arab Islamic American Summit, May 2017, in Riyadh, stressed the importance of pushing these strong relations forward to greater horizons, based on mutual respect, understanding and mutual benefits.

Dr. Shaikh Abdulla praised the successful visit of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to Washington at the end of November 2017, which witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements worth 10 billion dollars, to consolidate the advanced economic and investment relations, especially under the free trade agreement between the two countries, and the Kingdom's pioneering role in the logistics field and the new digital economy.

Both sides expressed their aspiration to the promising and substantial opportunities offered by the Middle Easts Strategic Alliance's to reach a more stable and prosperous Middle East.

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