Bahrain’s First Ambassador in Washington
October 25, 2012 § 3 Comments
On October 14th, Bahrain celebrated the 41st anniversary of the formal establishment of bilateral ties with the United States . The historical friendship our two countries share can be traced back to the 1890s, when American missionaries arrived in Bahrain and established a medical clinic that would later become the American Mission Hospital , and founded the first church in the Arabian Gulf . Since that time, we have built a productive military, commercial, and social relationship that forms the foundation for a peaceful and secure region.
Bahrain appointed its first Ambassador to the United States , H.E. Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Buali, in November 1976. His Excellency the Ambassador formed close personal partnerships with top U.S. decision makers – including several American presidents. Prior to departing Washington in 1982, Ambassador Buali had successfully expanded Bahrain ‘s security relationship with the United States . President Reagan in particular frequently called upon Ambassador Buali to confer on matters of mutual concern in the Middle East .
When Ambassador Buali first arrived in the United States , Bahrain ‘s Embassy was formally based in the Watergate Building – an iconic location in the heart of the capital. The Embassy moved to its current location on International Drive in 1982.
Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling Bahrain ‘s Ambassadors to the United States to chronicle the importance of the relationship between our two countries. It continues to be a great honor to follow in their footsteps.