Leader hails Bahrain’s growing ties with PH

BAHRAIN Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa hailed the growing ties between the governments of Bahrain and the Philippines.

He said this when special envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Amable Aguiluz visited the Prime Minister last August 28 in Bahrain.

State-run Bahrain News Agency said the prime minister “expressed satisfaction with the progress witnessed by the Bahraini-Philippines cooperation in various fields, thus embodying the two countries’ distinguished deep-rooted relations and mutual understanding on a wide range of regional and global issues.”

He lauded the “contributions of the Filipino expatriate community” to the kingdom’s development, which counts around 60,000 as of 2018.

The Bahrain government facilitated the “regularization” of undocumented Filipino workers in the Arab state last year.

During the meeting with Aguiluz, the prime minister also conveyed his greetings to President Duterte and his “wishes of further progress and prosperity to the Philippines and its people”.

In his letter to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola dated July 15, the prime minister underscored the Gulf state’s support to the Philippines “as a valued partner in achieving shared political and economic objectives.”

Bahrain was among the states that voted against an Iceland-initiated resolution at the United Nations which sought a comprehensive written report on the human rights situation in the Philippines.