BAHRAIN: The first permanent British naval base in Bahrain since 1971 was inaugurated on Thursday, in the presence of Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
“The inauguration of the UK Naval Support Facility in Salman Port in Manama is an important milestone in Bahrain’s efforts to support the international coalition against terrorism, contribute to promoting global stability, and protect international trade and corridors,” said Crown Prince Salman, writes Siraj Wahab for Arab News.
“This facility is a strategic feature in the historic friendship between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Bahrain, a friendship that spans over two centuries of high-level cooperation and coordination at various levels.”
Other prominent guests at the inauguration ceremony included Bahrain Defense Force Commander-in-Chief Sheikh Khalifa bin AhmedAl-Khalifa, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, and senior officers.
The crown prince pointed out that as part of a comprehensive development process, Bahrain has continued to advance its defense and security capabilities and has sought to strengthen its partnerships with friendly countries to achieve common interests. He also said that Bahrain is keen to strengthen its historical relation swith the UK, and highlighted the important role the new naval base will play in enriching the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military field, as well as maintaining security and stability in the region in the interests of peace.