The Prime Minister welcomed His Majesty Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, to Downing Street this afternoon. The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s support for ongoing political reform in Bahrain but encouraged His Majesty to continue to demonstrate substantive progress in all areas.
The leaders made clear their commitment to strengthening trade and investment ties between the UK and Bahrain and helping companies from both countries succeed in the global race. They also discussed regional dynamics, including the situation in Egypt, Iran and Syria. On Egypt, both leaders agreed on the need to end violence and find a successful political solution.
The Prime Minister welcomed Bahraini plans to begin celebrations to mark 200 years of Bahraini-British relations in 2020 from next year. He thought this illustrated the breadth and strength of the deep-rooted relationship.