Bahrain, Spain to boost defence, trade ties
Manama, May 2, 2014
Bahrain and Spain yesterday announced plans to upgrade defence, trade, tourism and cultural relations. This came as His Majesty King Hamad held official talks with Spanish King Juan Carlos at Gudaibiya Palace.
The King welcomed the Spanish monarch and his delegation, commending his role in promoting GCC-Spanish economic and trade co-operation, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The two leaders reviewed deep-rooted historic relations bonding Bahrain and Spain and discussed regional and international developments.
They reiterated keenness on bolstering political, economic, trade, cultural and tourism relations and boosting investment - stressing the need for more efforts to develop joint ventures, activate signed agreements and exchange visits.
His Majesty underscored the importance of the Spanish King's visit in deepening ties and lauded the pivotal role of Spain and its contribution to consolidating global peace.
King Carlos thanked His Majesty for the warm welcome and genuine hospitality. He hailed the positive results of official talks and said it would bolster bilateral relations.
He also credited His Majesty for Bahrain's development strides in all fields.
A defence co-operation agreement was signed in the presence of the two leaders.
Minister of State for Defence Affairs Lt-Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa sealed the deal with his Spanish counterpart Dr Pedro Morenes.
Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa also signed a memorandum of understanding with Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism Jose Manuel Soria Lopez.
His Majesty hosted a lunch banquet in honour of King Carlos and his delegation.-TradeArabia News Service