Arabs were yesterday urged to step up co-operation to confront mounting challenges in the region.
“It is no longer acceptable to act individually in the age of mega political and economic blocs,” said His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
In an interview with leading Egyptian daily Al Ahram, he urged a new vision to bolster peace and boost development on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in countries’ affairs.
He urged stronger pan-Arab co-operation to counter dangerous developments and thwart plots to spark divisions among Arab people.
“We are in dire need to fight dangerous challenges to ensure the present and future of coming generations,” he said, describing security and stability as the cornerstone of development.
Speaking to Al Ahram chairman Abdel-Mohsen Salama, the Premier urged all Arab countries to focus on bolstering security and stability and achieving development, prosperity and welfare in a fast-shifting world.
He warned against ignoring subversive attempts to destroy Arab countries and derail their development process.
He reiterated Bahrain’s firm determination to consolidate its pioneering standing and competitive edge, to attract more investments and capital.
He paid tribute to His Majesty King Hamad for spearheading the march of development and progress in Bahrain.
The Premier stressed the importance of religious and cultural diversity and openness to all civilisations which, he said, helped Bahrain build a model of peaceful co-existence between all social segments.
He paid tribute to the people of Bahrain, who paid no heed to calls to fuel sectarian strife, describing firm national unity as a source of strength for social cohesion and a catalyst to continue the march of development.
The Premier reiterated Bahrain’s firm stance to thwart all attempts to subvert its security and stability and stave off terrorist threats and foil foreign interference in its internal affairs.
“We are firm in enforcing the law to protect the security of our country and people,” he said, vowing zero tolerance against attempts to curb national development efforts or target hard-won achievements.
He hailed strong bilateral relations between Bahrain and Egypt, stressing Cairo’s pivotal role in maintaining Arab security.
He commended the strenuous efforts of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to develop his country, reiterating unwavering support to Egypt in its war against terrorism.
He stressed the importance of ongoing rapprochement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in bolstering pan-Arab solidarity and unity, saying that he followed up with great interest the historic and strategic visit of Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Cairo.
Parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla yesterday praised Bahraini-Egyptian relations.
This came as he received Mr Salama.
The development sweeping across the region and interference in states’ internal affairs necessitate intensifying co-operation to take on the challenges faced by nations, Mr Al Mulla said.