The move was backed by Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa who said that there are even wider horizons for increasing Bahraini-Russian co-operation, to consolidate areas of joint collaboration, especially in military, technical and other fields.
He made his remarks as he received Russian President's Envoy and Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Co-operation Alexander Fomin on Tuesday.
He welcomed the visit of the Russian delegation to Bahrain, stressing its importance in enhancing the existing cooperation in commerce and defence.
“In this region, our prominent concern is security and stability, and Russia, a super power exercising great influence in international politics, plays a key role in their promotion,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also received Mr. Alexander Fomin and his accompanying delegation.
They signed a military-technical cooperation agreement, then discussed aspects of joint cooperation in the military fields and ways to strengthen them. Furthermore, they reviewed matters of mutual interest and exchanged commemorative gifts.
Minister of Defence Affairs Lieutenant-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma, BDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dhiab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, Defence Ministry Undersecretary Major-General Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Khalifa, Russian Ambassador to Bahrain Vagif Garaev, a number of BDF senior officers and the members of the Russian delegation were present.
Minister of Defence Affairs Lieutenant-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma held a luncheon banquet at BDF Officers Club in honour of the Russian President's Personal Representative and FSVTS Director and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of BDF senior officers.
For his part, Bahrain’s Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa also received Russian President's Envoy for Military Technical Cooperation, and Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin and discussed coordination and security issues of mutual interest.
The meeting was attended by Undersecretary Major-General Khalid Salim Al-Absi and Public Security Chief Major-General Tariq Hassan Al-Hassan and Russian Ambassador to Bahrain Vagif Garaev.