Comment by the Information and Press Department on Foreign Minister of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa’s working visit to the Russian Federation
On November 20 in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa who will be on a working visit in Russia.
The foreign ministers’ upcoming meeting will be a convenient occasion for an extended discussion of the topical matters concerning the further consistent development of the entire scope of Russian-Bahraini relations.
Sergey Lavrov and Khalid Al Khalifa will in particular be focusing on the developments in the Middle East – specifically, the importance of a speedy political resolution of the persisting conflicts in the region, strict adherence to the respective provisions of international law and the UN Charter as well as a resolute fight against terrorism. Notably, the ministers will discuss the state of affairs in Syria, the Persian Gulf and the Palestinian-Israeli situation.
The parties also intend to compare views on the key aspects of Russian-Bahraini interactions within the UN and other multilateral platforms.
The parliamentary links between the two countries have visibly intensified. Last July, Speaker of the kingdom’s Council of Representatives, Fawzia Zainal, met in Moscow with the speakers of the Russian Federal Assembly houses, Valentina Matviyenko and Vyacheslav Volodin. Last September, members of the Russian State Duma Rasul Botashev and Yevgeny Primakov Jr. visited Manama.
Sergey Lavrov and Khalid Al Khalifa plan to give priority to the task of steadily increasing the quantity and expanding the range of commodities involved in mutual trade that, for the first time in history, exceeded $100 million as of the end of 2018. The Russian-Bahraini Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation plays an important role when it comes to this. The commission held its second meeting in Moscow last April.
Cooperation between the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Bahrain’s Mumtalakat fund has gained considerable momentum.
The Russian regions are also manifesting themselves as active participants in the bilateral relations. The heads of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov visited Manama this year, in March and October, respectively.
The legal framework of the Russian-Bahraini partnership is in the process of getting better. The two countries continue to negotiate draft intergovernmental agreements on cooperation and mutual assistance in the sphere of customs affairs, inter-agency memorandums regarding healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, and an agreement on mutual abolition of visa requirements.
Russia and Bahrain are expanding their cultural and humanitarian contacts. Last February, Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre ballet company was on a successful tour in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In November, the company of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre visited the kingdom. The number of Russians travelling to Bahrain is also on the rise.
We hope that the upcoming Moscow visit to be made by Khalid Al Khalifa will further advance our multidimensional links with the Kingdom of Bahrain and contribute to the strengthening of regional stability as well as the establishment of a constructive agenda in this strategically important part of the world.