KUALA LUMPUR – The official visit of Bahrain Ruler King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa to Malaysia from today (April 30) until May 3 is a great impetus for the growing political and economic partnership between the two countries built on bonds of friendship, mutual respect and constant keenness on supporting just Islamic issues.
Bahrain”s Information Affairs Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al-Rumaihi said he was optimistic about the outcome of the Bahrain-Malaysian meetings as it would consolidate the political and strategic cooperation, which has been growing steadily since diplomatic ties was established from 1974.
“Our people and our leaders deeply value the steady and fraternal Malaysian stances supporting the security and stability, development progress and democratic practices of Bahrain, siding with the kingdom in protecting its Gulf and Arab security and in rejecting foreign interference in its domestic affairs,” he said in a statement to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama).
Al-Rumaihi said new agreements and Memorandum Of Understanding being made during the visit would complement the existing bilateral accords in the cultural, scientific, economic and commercial areas.
“The historic visit of King Hamad and the high-level official delegation to Kuala Lumpur will also strengthen bilateral strategic cooperation and partnership, open wider horizons for the exchange of technical, scientific and technological expertise as well as boost security and military coordination,” he said.
He added there were numerous commonalities between the two countries in the context of their historical relations based on friendship, trust and mutual respect under the leadership of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and King Hamad, such as a prominent status within the international community through their active membership in the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum, the Islamic Cooperation Organisation and the United Nations.
“I am particularly proud of the fact that both Bahrain and Malaysia are leading models in enhancing the values of tolerance and moderation, rejecting extremism and terrorism, supporting dialogue and peaceful coexistence among civilizations, cultures and religions, supporting just Islamic issues, backing regional and international security efforts and providing humanitarian and disaster relief assistance,” he said.
Al-Rumaihi said he was especially keen on strengthening media cooperation with Malaysia, through the exchange of information, news and technical expertise, and support of the Organisation of Asian and Pacific News Agencies (OANA).
“I am also interested in strengthening coordination in Islamic, Asian and international forums, enhancing the role of media serving humanity and supporting sustainable development, and addressing the phenomenon of Islamophobia through spreading the values of tolerance and moderation in Islam, and countering provocative calls for religious hatred, racism and incitement to violence and terrorism,” he said.
He said, Bahrain also looked forward to closer economic cooperation with Malaysia and to benefiting from its highly successful international experiences through motivating joint ventures, increasing the volume of trade exchange and promoting eco-tourism.
Bahrain was also interested in activating the framework agreement for economic, trade, investment and technical cooperation signed by the The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Malaysia in 2011, he added. – BERNAMA