Bahrain, UK Pledge Security Cooperation
Bahrain and the UK pledged to step up cooperation to safeguard security and stability in the Gulf.
The region's security is a priority for Bahrain and other GCC countries, said HRM King Hamad of Bahrain as he met British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to London last week.
“We requested the British Prime Minister to provide Bahrain with technical expertise to improve security and combat the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” King Hamad said after the talks.
The leaders pledged co-operation to combat piracy and all types of terrorism, reinforce democracy and human rights, and strengthen trade relations.
They also agreed on maintaining peace in the Middle East and expressed concern over the bloodshed in Syria and its repercussions for the entire region.
“Our visit to Britain is to personally extend congratulations to the British Prime Minister on the success of the 2012 Olympic Games and to congratulate the British people on the outstanding achievements of British athletes during the games,” Hamad added.
He praised the important international role played by the UK in the region and lauded historical bilateral relations.
King Hamad also stressed the importance of consultation through the establishment of a joint work team chaired by the foreign ministers to boost co-operation in all fields.