UK Starts New Naval Base In Bahrain
UK Starts Construction Of New Naval Base In Bahrain
Shaikh Khalid identified the UK as one of the key countries contributing to efforts to bolster security and stability in the region and the world in view of its strong ties with countries across the world, in addition to its openness and cooperation with constructive efforts and initiatives aimed at developing its relations with the GCC states at various levels.
“The beginning of construction work at Mina Salman Port marks a watershed moment in the UK’s commitment to the region,” Philip Hammond said at the ceremony. “The presence of the Royal Navy in Bahrain is guaranteed into the future, ensuring Britain’s sustained presence east of Suez.”
Washington D.C (4 November 2015): The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, and the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond, attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the establishment of the marine facilities headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The declared primary aim of the base is to help battle the Islamic State and other jihadist and extremist groups present in the region, which Hammond called the “great challenge of our time.”
Mr. Hammond had begun his remarks at the sidelines of the 11th Manama Dialogue by reiterating Britain’s commitment to the security of their traditional partners in the Gulf. “I said last year that your security is our security; that was true then and it is true now. At the heart of the relationship we have with our key allies in the region is a joint commitment to defense and counter-terrorism, a commitment that is keeping Britain safer and keeping the Gulf safer,” said Hammond.
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, also met Mr. Hammond on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue last weekend.
During the meeting they discussed the GCC-led coalition’s decisive military campaign in Yemen, the current security and humanitarian crisis in Syria, the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, and the rise of violent extremism across the region. HRH the Crown Prince noted the strategic partnership between the Bahrain Defence Force and the British Armed Forces which covers various areas including training and knowledge exchange. Both agreed that military solutions alone are insufficient, and that in parallel the international community must carry out social and economic development programs which deliver hope, opportunity and prosperity to the people of the region.
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