London (26 October 2016): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to discuss bilateral relations and ways of further developing them. In addition, they discussed a number of regional and international issues of interest to the two nations.
During the session, His Majesty the King expressed the pride of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the close historical relations bonding the two countries, dating back over 200 years and continuously developing.
King Hamad reaffirmed the need for strengthening mutual cooperation, pushing further high level joint ventures and seizing all available opportunities to further bolster the existing strong relations to the benefit of the two countries.
The King pointed out that further interaction, including continued consultation and more frequent visits of experts and representatives of government and civil societies, would broaden future prospects and contribute to the development and welfare of both countries.
King Hamad went on to say that he was looking forward to enhancing economic cooperation between the UK and Bahrain, as well as with the GCC countries in general, stressing that numerous promising economic opportunities for closer cooperation and coordination exist.
In addition, the King commended the supportive stance of the United Kingdom in backing security and stability in Bahrain. He noted that it reflects the strong relationship between the two countries and indicates the firm desire to further boost ties. He then expressed appreciation for the important strategic role of the United Kingdom in contributing to regional and global security and stability.
During the talks, His Majesty the King also highlighted Bahrain’s important strides in empowering women to assume their role as essential partners in economic and social development, particularly in the fields of education and private and government sectors.
For her part, the British Prime Minister welcomed His Majesty the King, reaffirming the depth of the relations linking the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom, and discussed the progress of ongoing reforms.
Prime Minister May thanked King Hamad for the invitation to visit Bahrain on the occasion of the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Bahrain-UK relations and during the GCC Summit in December.