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King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May (BNA)

London – Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and explore means to promote historic ties between the two countries.

Bahrain News Agency reported that the meeting also saw discussions over a number of regional and international issues.

During the session, the King expressed the pride of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the close historical relations bonding the two countries, dating back over 200 years.

He reaffirmed the need to strengthen mutual cooperation and push further high level joint collaboration.

The Bahraini King went on to say that he was looking forward to enhancing economic cooperation between the United Kingdom and Bahrain, as well as with the GCC countries in general, stressing the presence of numerous promising economic opportunities for closer cooperation and coordination.

King Hamad commended the supportive stance of the United Kingdom in backing security and stability in Bahrain. He noted that such stance reflects the strong relationship between the two countries and indicates the firm desire to further boost ties. He also expressed appreciation for the important strategic role assumed by the United Kingdom and its contribution to regional and global security and stability.

He also highlighted Bahrain’s important strides in empowering women to assume their role as essential partners in economic and social development, particularly in the fields of education and private and government sectors.

For her part, the British premier reaffirmed the strong relations between Bahrain and the United Kingdom, and expressed her country’s support to the ongoing reforms undertaken by the Gulf country.

She also thanked King Hamad for the invitation to visit Bahrain on the occasion of the celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Bahrain-UK relations and for the GCC Summit that will be held in December.