Bahrain and NATO agree to strengthen cooperation


From Bahrain News Agency:  Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa met here today with the NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation General Meiczyslaw Bieniek, currently on visit to the kingdom.

Shaikh Khalifa lauded the outstanding Bahrain-NATO relations, affirming the need to consolidate bilateral cooperation and coordination further in order achieve common interests and promote security and stability across the region.

From Habib Toumi, Gulf News:  In January, King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa said Bahrain was keen to improve its relations and cooperation with Nato.

Receiving a delegation from Nato’s Parliament Assembly Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation, King Hamad said Bahrain wanted to exchange expertise in areas that reinforced security, stability and peace in the region and the world.

The Bahraini monarch praised Nato’s “positive efforts and effective contributions to bringing peace and preserving security and stability in the region and other areas throughout the world”.

King Hamad also expressed his gratitude to Nato for its “keen interest in developing cooperation with Bahrain in the military and security fields.”

Bahrain and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council countries have been pushing for closer cooperation with the transatlantic alliance since 2004 when Nato launched the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) to “contribute to long-term global and regional security by offering GCC countries practical bilateral security cooperation with Nato.”  (photo: Bahrain News Agency)

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