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Foreign Minister meets Russian counterpart

Moscow, Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa held today a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, as part of his official visit to Moscow.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed Bahrain's pride in the close and friendly relations with the Federal Republic of Russia and the continuous development witnessed in various fields, stressing that the continuous consultation and coordination between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and President of the Federal Republic of Russia, President Vladimir Putin, reflects the strong relationship, common concern and great interest in strengthening relations and opening wider horizons for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

He praised the important role played by the Russian Federation in promoting security and stability in the region and in finding durable solutions to its crises, and its effort to overcome the challenges facing the international community.

For his part, Mr. Sergey Lavrov welcomed the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Moscow, affirming the keenness of the Russian Federation to develop various aspects of cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain and to promote friendly relations between them to benefit their people, commending the constructive and tireless efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish security and stability in the region to achieve the interests of all its countries and peoples based on collective action and mutual respect.

They also discussed and exchanged views on ways to enhance bilateral cooperation on all levels, major regional and international developments and a number of issues of common concern.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs held a press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, affirming that relations with the Russian Federation always take a new dimension with the strength of the relationship and mutual understanding, and that the meetings between the two countries are always fruitful and strengthen bilateral relations and support joint action for security, stability and development of the region.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that his visit to the Russian Federation and the meeting with Mr. Sergey Lavrov reflects the keenness to promote bilateral relations between the two countries, pointing out that the two countries will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year, a program will be developed on this important occasion, expressing thanks to the Russian Foreign Minister for accepting the invitation to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He also affirmed that many important steps and initiatives have been taken in consolidating relations between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations, more than 20 cooperation agreements and a memorandum of understanding were signed, government cooperation committees and a joint council of chambers of commerce, in addition to bilateral cooperation in many areas, especially in the filed of oil, natural gas and investment, and the completion of many projects that confirm mutual trust and promote common interests.

He also noted that there is an agreement between the two countries to develop joint cooperation and increase investment rates between them in the near future, in addition to promote tourism and facilitate its procedures as the cancellation of visas between them is in the administrative process, which reflects mutual trust.

On the issues of the region, the Minister of Foreign Affairs added that there is a rapprochement between the two countries on the importance of stabilizing the region and reducing tension, welcoming the pivotal role of the Federal Republic of Russia in restoring stability to the Syrian Arab Republic and eliminating the threat of terrorism and restoring normal life for Syrian citizens who were forced to seek refuge, the Kingdom of Bahrain supports this important role and the need to ensure that there is no regional role that is not constructive or affects Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

He stressed the keenness of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the security and stability of the region and its commitment to work with its allies to reach these goals, demanding not to take any hostile actions by any country, hoping that Iran is keen on the stability of the region and not put itself on the other side of any position taken by our countries with allies towards the security and stability of the region and freedom of navigation in it.

Regarding the Israeli settlements in the brotherly state of Palestine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Bahrain's firm position that these settlements are illegal and should not be recognized in any way and that any dealing with this issue must be through resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative.

Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa expressed his aspiration to continue working with Mr. Sergey Lavrov on the development of the relationship between the two countries and joint coordination, stressing that the Russian Federation is a pivotal country in the world and that working with it to establish stability is one of the most important things that the Kingdom of Bahrain is keen on.

For his part, Mr. Sergey Lavrov affirmed Russia's keenness to expand various aspects of cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain, particularly in the fields of culture, tourism, parliamentary cooperation and the United Nations, in addition to strengthen dialogue and coordination between the two countries through their foreign ministries, expressing his appreciation to Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa for inviting him to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain. (MOFA)

Source: Bahrain News Agency