Saying farewell to Washington
November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
For over five years, I have had the honor of serving as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States. It has truly been a privilege to serve my country and even though the work has at times been demanding, it has at the same time been very interesting and rewarding. Whether I have been meeting government or civic leaders, entrepreneurs or students, I have been touched by the sincerity, kindness and hospitality of the American people.
My farewell is filled with mixed emotions. I am looking forward to my return to Bahrain which I have really missed but at the same time, it is really hard to bid farewell to the many friends and colleagues who have, in so many ways, enriched my life.
I will take this opportunity to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation for your cooperation and partnership, which undoubtedly helped to further enhance the strong ties between our two nations.
It would be nearly impossible to recall my favorite moments from my time in the United States. In my five years here, I have visited nearly 20 states and have many great stories to tell. Particularly memorable were the times I spent speaking to college and high school students interested in learning more about the world around them. At a time when it has never been more important to build bridges between the United States and the Arab World, it was refreshing to speak with so many young people fueled by a desire to look beyond their own borders to make a difference.
Throughout my time here, I have spent a great deal of time speaking with members of Congress, diplomats, civil society, and thought leaders here in Washington. We have had many frank conversations, but all were infused with the deep connection our two countries share going back over a hundred years. The Bahraini-American bilateral relationship remains a cornerstone of stability and security in the Arabian Gulf and I leave knowing that this deep and abiding partnership will remain strong under the dedicated leadership of our new Ambassador, H.E. Sh. Abdulla Al Khalifa.