King Hamad: Bahrain committed to independent Palestinian state

King Hamad said Bahrain's position on the Palestinian issue was "firm and permanent." (AFP/File)
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Updated 21 September 2020

King Hamad: Bahrain committed to independent Palestinian state

  • King says Bahrain is commitment to achieving a two-state solution

RIYADH: King Hamad said on Monday Bahrain is committed to an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the Arab peace initiative.

The king was speaking after Bahrain, along with the UAE, signed agreements with Israel last week to normalize relations.

The king said Manama’s position on the Palestinian issue was firm and permanent and that Bahrain is commitment to achieving a two-state solution, “Our steps toward peace and prosperity are for the benefit of all” and “are not directed against any entity or forces,” King Hamad said. “They are in everyone’s interest and aim for good neighborliness.”

He said Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords with Israel “on the basis of Bahrain’s vision of establishing comprehensive peace and considering it a strategic option to advance the peace and stability process in the Middle East region, which contributes to strengthening international peace and security.”

In a statement after a cabinet meeting, the king said he was proud of the broad Arab and international support of Bahrain’s move.

Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani  presented a report to the council of ministers on the signing ceremony between Bahrain, the UAE and Israel that was hosted by Donald Trump.

At the end of the meeting, King Hamad congratulated Saudi Arabia, its king, government and people on the 90th National Day.


Iraq PM in talks with UK's Boris Johnson on security, political reforms

Updated 22 October 2020

Iraq PM in talks with UK's Boris Johnson on security, political reforms

  • Johnson expressed his strong support for the Iraq government
  • Both leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest, and discussed recent political and security issues

LONDON: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson discussed security challenges in the Middle East on Thursday.
A-Khadimi met the UK leader at Downing Street as part of an a European tour. 
Johnson expressed his strong support for the Iraq government as they discussed economic reforms, the coronavirus pandemic and the continued effort to defeat Daesh.
The Twitter account of Al-Kadhimi's office said both leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest, and discussed recent political and security issues in Iraq and the region. 
They also agreed on more cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
“It was agreed to increase more cooperation in the field of combating terrorism, as well as in the political and economic sectors, in light of the economic challenges that Iraq faces,” his office said.
Prior to his UK trip, Al-Kadhimi met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
During these visits, Al-Kadhimi discussed Iraq’s main challenges such as the fight against terrorism and foreign interference in its affairs.
The Iraqi leader, who became prime minister in May, has a particularly affinity with the UK, having lived there for many years after fleeing Iraq in the 1980s.