Manama: The landmark National Action Charter was a historic leap forward for Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad said yesterday.
It laid the foundation of a modern state with a new constitution and the formation of parliament.
He made the statement as he received as he met UAE Federal National Council member Mohammed bin Salem bin Kardous and Mohammed bin Rashid Tolerance Award secretary-general Ahmed bin Shebib Al Dhaheri.
His Majesty hailed deep-rooted historic relations binding Bahrain and the UAE.
The two UAE officials are in Bahrain for a conference that was organised by the kingdom’s parliament on Thursday to commemorate the charter anniversary, which falls on Wednesday.
The forum was held under the patronage of the King.
In 2001 the charter was approved in a national referendum by 98.4 per cent of voters, heralding the dawn of reforms.
The king hailed the role played by the UAE, led by President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Presient, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces Deputy Supreme Commander Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE Embassy Charge d’affaires Yasser Abdulla Al Naqabi attended.