Bahrain Defense Force signed on Wednesday an agreement with Russian defense export agency, Rosoboronexport.
The deal will help to enhance Bahrain’s defense capabilities through the provision of an advanced defense system.
The agreement demonstrates Bahrain’s commitment to enhancing bilateral relations with Russia, with a focus on trade, investment and defense cooperation.
The agreement was signed by Director of Planning, Organization and Technology Rear Admiral Youssef Ahmed Malallah and the Director of Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaikin (photo).
This agreement comes as part of the ongoing working visit of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Supreme Commander to the Russian Federation at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister, Dimitry Medvedev.
During the meeting at the Prime Minister’s official residence, Prince Salman reiterated Bahrain’s commitment to enhancing bilateral relations with the Russian Federation. He highlighted the Kingdom’s focus on strengthened trade links with Russia, and Eurasia as a whole.
Regarding Russia’s relations with the region, Prince Salman underscored the value of the ongoing strategic dialogue between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Russia.
Significant regional and international developments were discussed, with a particular focus on maintaining stability and security in the Middle East. Prince Salman noted that any resolution to the Syrian conflict must act in the interests of all the Syrian people.
Following the meeting, Prince Salman presided over a special ceremony during which several MoUs and agreements were signed between Russian and Bahrain, including:
- Reciprocal protection of investment between the two countries
- An MoU between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Russian Civil Aviation Authority to allow direct flight routes between Bahrain and Moscow
- An MoU between Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and the Russian Direct Investment Funds (RDIF) to facilitate enhanced coordination and trade between the two countries
Prime Minister Medvedev also hosted a banquet in honor of His Royal Highness’ visit to Russia.