It’s been a year of celebrating Bahrain and Britain’s 200-year
friendship and the Ambassador, Shaikh Fawaz Bin Mohamed
Al Khalifa, ended it on a high, with a sumptuous reception and
dinner at Lancaster House in the presence of the Duke of York,
ambassadors and senior Government officials.
The year has seen high-level visits, including a visit from HM
the King of Bahrain in October, followed by a visit by Prime Minster
May and Foreign Secretary Johnson to Bahrain, but countless
other events demonstrated the depth and the breadth of
the ties which extend beyond defence, to include trade, culture,
media, education and sport.
In his National Day address, the Ambassador said both Britain
and Bahrain faced challenges in their regions, but that the
two nations were “reliable allies” who would work together to
“spread security and prosperity”.
The Bicentenary concluded with the ‘Be Bahrain’ Art Week in
which Bahraini artists revealed a fresh new perspective of the
Kingdom. A great way to end a great year.
PHOTOS: PIERRE DE VILLIERS