His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, met Thursday with U.S. National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, at the White House.
The meeting took place as part of HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister’s official visit to the United States.
During the meeting, the U.S. National Security Advisor reaffirmed the United States’ enduring commitment to Bahrain’s security and thanked His Royal Highness for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s steadfast partnership, which includes hosting the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and the headquarters of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.
His Royal Highness noted that longstanding Bahrain-US relations are based on shared values of fairness, justice, tolerance, peace and diversity, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister and the National Security Advisor praised the signing of the new Comprehensive Security Integration and Prosperity Agreement, which will serve as a cornerstone for cooperation among a broader group of countries that share mutual interests and a common vision with regard to deterrence, diplomacy, and escalation.
The Bahrain and U.S. delegations discussed opportunities to strengthen economic and commercialties under the new agreement, including a target of summer 2024 to launch direct flights between Bahrain and the U.S. His Royal Highness and Mr Sullivan also discussed exploring bilateral cooperation on the development of commercial advanced small modular reactors, in line with shared goals of deploying innovative, zero-carbon technologies.
His Royal Highness and Mr. Sullivan pledged to stay in regular contact in the coming weeks and months to oversee implementation of the agreement.
HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister and the Bahraini delegation also participated in bilateral technology dialogue with senior U.S. officials at the White House today to explore ways of deepening cooperation on critical and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence.
In another development, Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), paid Thursday an inspection visit to one of BDF’s units.
The Commander-in-Chief was briefed on the combat readiness, as well as the administrative and military preparations achieved by the unit.
He expressed his pride in the efficiency of the BDF’s planning and implementation in qualifying national competencies with advanced military sciences, under the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the continued support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Prime Minister.