Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques pays official visit to Bahrain

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At the end of the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the Kingdom of Bahrain on April 18-19, 2010, the following joint communiquéأ© was issued.

'In line with the deep-rooted historical relations, close fraternal bonds as well as bonds of kinship and joint fate which link the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain, Leadership and people, and under the unity of goal and mutual interests, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, paid an official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain in response to an invitation from his brother King Hamad bin Eisa al-Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, accompanied by a high-ranking delegation from Sunday, April 18, 2010, up to Monday, April 19, 2010.

The meetings between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and his brother King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa were held in an atmosphere characterized by the spirit of brotherhood, understanding and reciprocal confidence.

They reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various domains in addition to issues that concern the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the regional and international issues that are of common interest.

The two sides expressed satisfaction for the existing Saudi-Bahraini relations at the bilateral level and hoped that these relations will further attain progress and prosperity.

They confirmed their determination on cooperation and coordination in all domains which contribute to enhancing the pillars of security and stability for the two fraternal countries and realizing the noble goals for a bright future based on belief in the tolerant creed and noble Arab belongings as well as the principles of good neighborhood.

The two sides discussed regional and international issues of common interest, stressing the importance of continuing coordination and consultations about the latest developments at all bilateral and multilateral arenas.

With regard to the latest developments at the Palestinian arena, the two sides expressed their grave concern and resent over continuing imposition of unjust Israeli siege on the Palestinian people especially in the Gaza Strip. And, they also noted the current hindrance in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations due to continual intransigence of the Israeli government and non-fulfillment of its obligations towards the bases and principles of the peace process and the provisions of the resolutions of the international legitimacy.

The two sides hoped that the European Union and the United States of America play their roles in moving the peace process according to its frameworks and adopted references especially Arab Peace Initiative and in urging the Government of Israel on removing the obstacles that prevent this, such as unilateral actions and the continuation of Israeli settlement policy.

On Iraq's Affairs, the two sides emphasized the necessity of respecting the unity, sovereignty, independence of Iraq, and the preservation of its Arab and Islamic identity, as well as non-interference in its internal affairs. They welcomed the relative improvement in the security situation inside Iraq, and they called on the Government of Iraq to make further efforts towards a political achievement compatible with the improvement in the security climate conducive to the achievement of the desired national reconciliation.

The two sides expressed their readiness to cooperate with the Iraqi authorities in confronting terrorism, reiterating the positions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states on condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of its motives and causes.

On the Iranian nuclear crisis, the two sides affirmed their commitment to the fixed principles of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in respecting the international legitimacy and solving conflicts by peaceful means. They confirmed their keenness on the importance of reaching a peaceful solution, and urged Iran on continuing dialogue with the international community, also emphasizing the importance of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

With regard to the Sudan, the two sides emphasized the importance of respecting the Sudan's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. They called on international community to reaffirm this commitment, to support efforts aiming at achieving peace and national reconciliation among the Sudanese people, to confirm the proposed initiatives for solving the Darfur problem in a way that preserves the Sudan's independence and its territorial integrity, and to unite the efforts being exerted by the Arab League in this regard.

As for Somalia's Affairs, the two sides urged conflicting parties at the Somali arena on the achievement of reconciliation between them and making the national interests and the unity of Somalia, its land and people prevailing over any other considerations, as well as working hard to put an end to the long-time plight of Somalia.

On piracy, the two sides expressed their concern over the piracy, which has recently taken place near the coasts on Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea, noting that these practices warn of serious consequences for the freedom of international navigation. They stressed in this regard, the necessity of dealing with this dangerous phenomenon through organized international efforts supervised by the United Nations, also rejecting the method of negotiation and bargain with the pirates involved in these actions.

Earlier, King Abdullah had arrived in Manama on April 18 on a two-day official visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

At Sakhir Airbase, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

King Hamad welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the accompanying delegation, wishing them a pleasant stay in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was also received by Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister; Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander; Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Eastern Region; a number of princes; Saudi Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Abdulmohsen bin Fahd Al-Mark; and Bahraini Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Salih Al-Sheikh Ali.

King Hamad shook hands with the members of the official delegation accompanying the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques shook hands with the President of Shura Council; the Speaker of House of Representatives; a number of ministers; Qatari Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer Al Thani; senior officers of the Defense Force, Ministry of Interior and National Guard; and members of the Saudi Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain delivered a speech in which he welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

'On this occasion and on behalf of Al Khalifa family, we are pleased and honored to present you with 'Al-Ajrab Sword' which is the sword of your great grandfather Imam Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud. We have had the honor to keep the sword for almost 140 years since it was sent by Imam Saud bin Faisal Al Saud to Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa', King Hamad said.

'It is my pleasure to decorate you with the Order of Sheikh Isa bin Salman in recognition of your significant contributions to Arab and Islamic causes', King Hamad added.

Then, the decoration ceremony took place.

Then, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King delivered a speech in which he thanked the king of Bahrain for his good feelings and highlighted the solid Saudi-Bahraini relations saying that the visit 'says to others that we are one homeland and one people in good and bad times.'

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King thanked the king of Bahrain for the sword of Imam Turki saying, 'The sword of Imam Turki, the founder of the Second Saudi State, which today your are presenting to your brother with its historical symbolism for us and for you, expresses the good values and ethics which protected and honored him when he came to his other homeland, Bahrain...'

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques decorated the king of Bahrain with the Medal of King Abdulaziz.

Later, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the king of Bahrain and other people participated in the traditional Saudi and Bahraini Ardha (dance).

Kings Abdullah and Hamad held a bilateral meeting in Alskhair Palace earlier.

The meeting discussed the two countries' cooperation in all fields and stands on regional and international developments.

King Abdullah ordered the building of a medical city affiliated to the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain as a gift in the name of the Saudi people to the peoples of Bahrain and the GCC countries with a sum of one billion Saudi riyals.

This was stated to Saudi Press Agency by president of the university Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Alo'ohali who said that the university named the medical city as 'King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City.'

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has received a number of genuine Arab horses as a gift from King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

The horses belong to 13 stables, origins of which go back to more than 200 years.

Bahrain's Shura Council has expressed its great appreciation for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for visiting his second country - the Kingdom of Bahrain, at an invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Kingdom of Bahrain.

A statement issued by the Council on Monday and reported by Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said that this historic visit came in culmination of strong, fraternal, and deep-rooted relations between the leaderships of the two countries and their brotherly peoples, noting that the visit will further enhance relations between the two countries in various fields and strengthen the progress and prosperity of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, and the positions of Arab and Islamic nations.

The Council commended King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for his noble gesture and royal directive to build a medical city affiliated to the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain as a gift from the Saudi people to the GCC peoples.

It also praised the effective contributions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its generous support for the projects of construction and development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and other GCC, Arab and Islamic countries.

A Bahraini newspaper has highlighted the significance of the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to Bahrain and said it has embodied the existing fraternal relations between the two Kingdoms.

'As Bahrain stood up to extend a warm welcome to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, it was a recall of remarks made in an earlier statement by the Late King Abdulaziz in which he had affirmed cohesion and togetherness of our hearts until the day of hereafter.'

The newspaper also recalled with pride and adoration remarks made in a statement during the current visit by King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz in Bahrain in which he reiterated that 'We are one nation and one country in good and bad days'.

On the other hand, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region, welcomed the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the Eastern Region, recalling that the monarch has depicted it as the 'Region of Omen and Good'.

In a speech to mark the occasion, Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz said the visit comes within the great cohesion between the prudent leadership of the country and citizens of this area and other parts of the Kingdom.

He said the visit is yet another evidence that the leader of renaissance is keen to be reassured of the progress of renaissance of this valuable part of the country and how projects under construction are going.

The visit gives a guide to department leaders on how to upgrade social services for citizens and achieve more projects of prosperity and progress, he said, adding that the area enjoys continuous development, thanks to God Almighty and the prudence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior.

For his part, Prince Juluwe bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region, said, in a similar speech on the occasion, that the people of this region were familiar to the get-reassured visit of their leader from time to time.

He said the Eastern Region is witnessing continuous renaissance, thanks to Almighty Allah and the efforts of the monarch, his crown prince and their deputy premier and all senior officials of the country.

King Abdullah received at the royal court at Al-Khaleej palace in Dammam this evening Ulema, Sheikhs, senior civil and military officials and a group of citizens who came to greet him and congratulate him on safety arrival in the Eastern Region.

The audience was attended by Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Juluwe; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the General Intelligence; Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region; Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Minister of Education; Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud, Advisor to the King; Prince Mashari bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, Undersecretary of the National Guard for the Eastern Sector; Prince Sultan bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed; Prince Juluwe bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region; other princes and ministers.

The guests then had dinner with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.