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UK cements security commitment with Bahrain affrims failed BICI as center piece toward reform

Bahrain and Britain Sign Memorandum of Understanding
20 November, 2012 – BNA

London-Nov20 (BNA) The Kingdom of Bahrain and the UK today signed a key memorandum of understanding, establishing a joint work team.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa and British Foreign Secretary William Hague sealed the deal.

Under the agreement, the two sides pledge to bolster deep-rooted historic relations and step up political and diplomatic coordination.

They also committed to coordinate stances regarding security, the fight against terror, trade, investments and regional cooperation.

The annual meetings of the joint Bahrain-Britain work team will be held alternately between both sides

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa stressed Bahrain’s firm resolve to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI).

He affirmed the Kingdom’s keenness on working in tandem with all parties to renounce violence and promote a favourable environment conducive to a comprehensive national dialogue.

Mr. Hague commended the Government of Bahrain for its efforts to overcome the challenges resulting from last year’s unrest as well as its firm commitment to implement the (BICI) recommendations.

He also reiterated the UK support for the Kingdom of Bahrain, stressing joint cooperation to build competences in all sectors.

The British minister lauded the role of Bahrain and the GCC member states regarding key Mideast causes as well as their efforts to address pressing issues amid mounting upheavals.

He also underscored the importance of coordinating international stances to promote security and stability in this highly-strategic and volatile region of the world. AHN …source

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