Colourful reception marks Bahrain’s National Day

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Bahrain, Pakistan bilateral relations based on mutual trust, unanimity of views

Zubair Qureshi

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a sincere and time-tested friend of Pakistan and both the countries enjoy deep, cordial bilateral relations based on rich cultural, religious and social values, mutual trust and unanimity of views.

Ambassador of Bahrain Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulqader on the occasion of the National Days—establishment of the modern Bahraini state as an Arab and Muslim state founded by Ahmed Al-Fateh in 1783 and the Anniversary of the His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne—hosted a reception at the Marriott Hotel to reaffirm the strong bond of friendship between Pakistan and Bahrain.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif was the chief guest on the occasion while Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Faisal Karim Kundi, Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis, Sardar Saleem Haider, Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Sustainable Development Goals Romina Khurshid Alam, President of Azad Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mehmood, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, parliamentarians, ambassadors of the Arab countries, dignitaries, diplomats, senior representatives of the military and the foreign office of Pakistan also attended the reception and congratulated the ambassador on his nation’s national day.

Khawaja Asif conveyed to the ambassador felicitations from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for His Majesty the King of Bahrain and the brotherly people of Bahrain.

He congratulated the Ambassador and the Government of Kingdom of Bahrain on this occasion and wished for further progress and development under the leadership of H.M King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Besides Arab countries’ envoys, diplomats from Azerbaijan, UK, Australia, Indonesia, European, African and Asian countries were also invited.

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bahrain are characterized by solidarity, fraternity, trust and support. Both countries work together on a bilateral, regional and international level. H.M King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa visited Pakistan in 2014 while high level Pakistani delegations also visited Bahrain many times to enhance mutual cooperation. More than 100,000 Pakistanis mainly workforce are serving in Bahrain.

Bahrain National Day is celebrated on two consecutive days of 16 and 17 Dec. Bahrain secured independence after a long era of British rule. Bahrain comprises a beautiful archipelago of 50 natural islands and 33 artificial ones. On August 15, 1971, the two countries signed an agreement that freed Bahrain from being a British Protectorate. In Dec 1971, Britain left thus leaving Bahrain an independent country.The Kingdom of Bahrain and Pakistan celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year and both the countries enjoy historical relations of common faith, shared culture and social values.