Honoring America’s Veterans

November 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today, Americans honor and recognize the individuals who currently serve or who have served in their armed forces. As the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the veterans for their service to the United States and for their work safeguarding freedom around the world.

Bahrain has served as the home to the United States Navy’s presence in the Arabian Gulf since 1948. Today, Bahrain is proud to be an important ally for the United States’ military operations in the Middle East, and to be home to the United States Fifth Fleet. This alliance continues to serve as a bulwark of security in the Gulf.

The men and women who serve in the United States military have sacrificed a lot to ensure that freedom is possible in all corners of the globe. It is an honor to thank these men and women for their service.

America’s elections

November 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

On Tuesday, the people of the United States voted to elect the newest leaders of their nation and I commend each American that participated in the democratic process. As the Ambassador of Bahrain to the United States, I would like to congratulate President Obama on his re-election, and to congratulate the new and returning members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

I am proud to work closely with members of congress on issues of importance to our two nations. The Bahraini-American alliance began in the 1890s with the arrival of American missionaries who founded the American Missionary Hospital and the established the first church in the Arabian Gulf. Over the years, our alliance has developed into a close military, commercial, and cultural relationship that has formed the foundation of regional security and prosperity in the Gulf.

I look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on issues of mutual concern and continuing our important relationship for many years.

Condemning today’s attack on expatriate workers

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I awoke this morning to the horrific and shocking news that two expatriate workers were killed and another critically injured in a series of bombings in Manama. I join with all people of conscience in condemning these unconscionable acts of terrorism in the strongest terms. I would also like to extend my sincerest sympathies to families of the victims and hope for a full and speedy recovery to the individual who was injured.

Over the past several months, radical activists have escalated their campaign of violence in an effort to sow dissension and fear. Even demonstrations that began peacefully often devolve into violent confrontation instigated by the mob. Attacks like these, and last month’s attack that killed a police officer, serve only to enflame tensions, to imperil national unity, and to undermine the security and safety of our country.

Comprehensive dialogue remains the only viable mechanism through which Bahrainis can work to resolve our differences. It is incumbent upon all Bahrainis to work to delegitimize violence and work toward national reconciliation.

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