UK defence pact

UK defence pact

Manama, – (BNA): The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Iain Lindsay, said that the defence pact recently signed with the Bahraini side does not only serve the security of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf but also boosts the security of the international community as a whole, especially the protection of


Manama, – (BNA): The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Iain Lindsay, said that the defence pact recently signed with the Bahraini side does not only serve the security of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf but also boosts the security of the international community as a whole, especially the protection of navigation in the Straits of Hormuz and anti-piracy.


The British Ambassador told Al-Ayam newspaper that the agreement which received big support from the Bahraini side will enable the British side to establish the sole and most active operational command facilities outside the UK’s territorial waters.

The ambassador described Al-Wefaq’s antagonistic approcah to the agreement as a melodious voice that rejoices the ears of extremists who work as proxies on behalf of others in the region. He said that Al-Wefaq’s antagonism constitutes a rejection of the global coalition of 60 countries that fights nowadays against ISIS terrorists. The ambassador dismissed any negative impact from the agreement, citing Britain’s supportive stance with Bahrain’s reforms, and pointing out that his country was not the only country that recognised the progress and reforms made in Bahrain especially on human rights issues. 

The ambassador said that the agreement means that we shall have long-term stability in the Gulf which reflects our increasing partnership with Gulf countries to confront strategic and regional threats as the UK Secretary of State Philip Hammond emphasised a few days ago.

He said that our basic message is that ISIS is not Islamic but only extremists who hide themselves behind religious slogans in order to commit atrocities against Muslims and non-Muslims as well. And regarding the war on ISIS, he said this is a long-term war that requires time and patience but it is a war which we cannot afford to lose. He said his country provides an estimated ?700 million in humanitarian relief aid in order to alleviate the suffering of displaced people in Iraq and Syria.

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