Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, met in Manama last week (photo) with Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of Brazil Admiral Flávio Rocha, in the presence of Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief welcomed the Brazilian Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs, praising strong and growing relations between both countries, mainly in the defence field, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The meeting was attended by the General Command Court Director Major General Hassan Mohammed Sa’ad, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Major General Ghanim Ibrahim Al Fadhala, Head of the Military Judiciary, President of the Military Court of Cassation, Major General Dr. Yousef Rashid Flaifel, Military Cooperation Director Air Vice-Marshal Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman Al Khalifa, and senior officials.
Present at the meeting were also Chairman of the Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee of the Brazilian House of Representatives, Eduardo Bolsonaro, and senior Brazilian officials.
For his part, His Highness Major General Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Adviser and Commander of Bahrain’s Royal Guard, also received Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the President of Brazil Admiral Flávio Rocha.
HH Shaikh Nasser hailed the development of cooperation and coordination between the two countries across several areas. The meeting reviewed several matters of shared interest.
Earlier, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister of Bahrain, received the Special Secretary for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Admiral Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, at Riffa Palace.
His Royal Highness noted the steady growth of relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Brazil, which continues to receive the support of both His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, and the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, HE Jair Bolsonaro.
Admiral Rocha conveyed HE President Bolsonaro’s greetings to His Majesty the King and to His Royal Highness. In return, His Royal Highness conveyed His Majesty’s greetings to HE President Bolsonaro, in which His Majesty wished the President and the citizens of Brazil continued progress and prosperity.
His Royal Highness commended President Bolsonaro’s commitment to furthering cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain, to benefit both countries. He noted that Bahrain-Brazil relations have been strengthened over the years by agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and diplomatic visits.
The latest regional and international developments and issues of common interest were also discussed.
For his part, Admiral Rocha expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister, and noted His Royal Highness’ commitment to developing bilateral relations between Bahrain and Brazil.
The meeting was also attended by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the Bahrain Defence Force’s (BDF) Chief of Staff, HE Lieutenant-General Theyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi.
Lastly, Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI)’s Chairman Sameer Nass and the Acting CEO Dr. Abdulla Al Sada held a meeting with the Brazilian delegation spearheaded by Admiral Flavio Rocha, Brazil’s Secretary for Strategic Affairs.
Nass highlighted the growing trade volume between Bahrain and Brazil, which exceeded $2.2 billion in 2021, noting the keenness of the Bahraini private sector in expanding partnerships with their Brazilian counterparts.
The Chamber organized meetings between the Brazilian delegation -comprising companies in the logistics, food and agriculture, industrial, and trade sectors- and their local counterparts.