Atlantic Values: Bahrain’s King Receives NATO Delegation
Bahrain News Agency
January 22, 2013
HM the King receives NATO delegation
Manama: His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today received at Sakhir Palace the British ambassador to Bahrain Iain Lindsay accompanied by a parliamentary delegation from the military and security affairs committee at NATO led by Sir John Stanley on the occasion of its visit to the kingdom.
His Majesty welcomed the visiting delegation and discussed with them means of further developing cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and NATO towards achieving joint interest for both sides. He also stressed on Bahrain’s keenness in further strengthening these ties being a strategic partner despite the fact that it is a non-NATO member. His Majesty emphasised on the importance of exchanging expertise and visits in the fields that supported security, stability and peace in the region and world. He also lauded the great efforts exerted by NATO and effective contributions in maintaining peace and preserving security and stability in the region and other areas in the world. His Majesty expressed his appreciation for NATO’s care towards further bolstering horizons of cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain in military and security fields.
Meanwhile, the NATO delegation during the meeting affirmed the strategic role played by the Kingdom of Bahrain due to its exceptional geographic position and its great role both regionally and internationally. The delegation also welcomed the noble call by His Majesty for the resumption of the national unity dialogue affirming that dialogue was the ideal solution to develop the democratic experience in the country. The NATO delegation expressed their admiration towards the outstanding standards of the Bahrain Defense Force and its strategic role in supporting regional security.