MANAMA: Defence shows are key to enhancing political and military co-operation in pursuit of regional stability, the Crown Prince said.
They also provide an opportunity to showcase advanced military technology capacities, he added as he toured a high-profile exhibition and conference that got underway yesterday.
“The Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2017 reflects Bahrain’s commitment to supporting strategic alliances that are successfully combating terrorism across the world,” said His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.
He also noted the BDF’s role in supporting the Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen and the international coalition’s campaign against Da’esh.
The inaugural three-day tri-service expo which opened at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC), Sanabis continues until tomorrow.
Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad, BIDEC has attracted more than 3,000 visitors, including high-profile military, government and industry figures.
The event will feature 180 international exhibitors from 60 countries showcasing the latest technology, equipment and hardware across land, sea and air.
Alongside the expo, the event will also feature the Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions (MEMAC) Conference – a new military forum for dialogue on the importance of international coalitions to address global and regional security challenges.
The conference will feature delegations from Nato, UN Peacekeeping Operations, the Arab Coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen and the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism.
The Crown Prince was received on arrival by BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Royal Guard Commander and BIDEC chairman Brigadier Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Royal Guard Special Forces Commander Major Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and senior officials.
Shaikh Khalifa said BIDEC is testament to the kingdom’s diversified economy, integrated infrastructure and advanced commercial legislation, as well as the spirit of creativity that characterises Bahraini society.
Shaikh Nasser said Bahrain has always been a crossroads of civilisations and cultures, as well as a distinguished centre for trade exchanges and BIDEC is the latest example of that historic role.