His Royal Highness Salaman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister today received the German Ambassador to Bahrain, Mrs. Sabine Tauffman, at Riffa Palace, where he was then invited to attend the next Munich Security Conference. His Highness congratulated the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her victory in the German elections, and her on going support in European and international issues and promoting opportunities for peace and stability in the Middle East and continuing to fulfill the aspirations of the German people. The Ambassador in return thanked His Royal Highness for his support in the joint cooperation between Bahrain and Germ
On Sunday morning the first China-Arab State Expo opened in Yinchuan,capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, home to more than 10 percent of China’s 20 Million Muslims. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference met King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. Yu, chairman of the National Commitee,in a speech welcomed the Kings attendance to the expo, he said he hoped that the expo would help the development between China and the Arab states in trade, economy and also that it was great that there was a friendly relationship building between China and Bahrain and they should continue to consolida
King Abdullah has asked the Arab people of Egypt to stand together against “attempts to destabilize” Egypt. Backing Egypts military leadership he told viewers on state TV on Friday that “The kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism.” “I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilize a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history.” Saudi Arabia pledged $5bn in aid to Egypt after Mohamed Morsi of the Brotherhood was ousted from the presidency last month, it was a close
Bahrain’s authorities have endorsed proposals to enforce punishments of up to 5 years in prison for insulting Bahrains king or its national symbols, the media pronounced recently. It’s the most recent act in the country against dissent in public or online. Gulf leaders have aggressively intensified attempts to gag any criticism since the Arab Spring revolts, which involve more than 2 years of friction between Sunni-led authorities and majority Shiites searching for a more zealous political voice. Bahrain’s Cabinet sanctioned suggestions to inflict jail terms up to five years and fines of 10,000 dinars for slandering the king or Bahrain’s national flag or coat of arms.
In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Bahrain Defense Force, (BDF, for short), King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa opened the very first BDF Military Museum. The museum is meant to commemorate the hard work and service provided by all branches of the BDF for the people of Bahrain. These branches include the Royal Navy, Air Force, Medical Services, National Guard and Army. The museum features photographs, informational displays and memorabilia from the Bahrain Defense Force throughout history including weaponry, uniforms and important documents. It also serves to show the temple of Bahrain, as well as current and former service members of the Bahrain Defense Force, that HM takes great pride
It is being reported that a member of the Bahraini royal family took part in the beating and torturing of doctors who were arrested during the protests that shook the tiny Gulf nation earlier this year. Sheikha Noora bint Ibrahin al-Khalifa, who works as a narcotics cop, is said to have beat the detained doctors with sticks and a rubber hose, and gave electric shocks to the face with a cable. One doctor, Nada Dhaif, 36, accused the Sheikha of beating her during her interrogation. “She slapped me, beat me and called me a Shia pig. She put a cable in my ears and gave me electric shocks.” Dhaif said she was blindfolded during the beatings and when her blindfold was removed, she reco