THE world must acknowledge Bahrain’s success in pursuing development while safeguarding its religious and ethnic diversity, a visiting delegation of Nobel peace laureates said yesterday.
The kingdom is ahead of even several developed nations in promoting the values of peace and tolerance and these achievements need to earn Bahrain the position it deserves, they pointed out in remarks to Bahrain TV.
The delegation includes former South Africa president Frederick de Klerk, former Polish president Lech Walesa, former East Timor president Jose Ramos-Horta, Indian social activist Kailash Satyarthi and Under-Secretary General and former UN Human Settlements Programme executive director Anna Tibajuka.
“There is much that the world does not know about Bahrain in this regard, which should be promoted on a large scale so that the world recognises the achievements of Bahrain and puts it in the place it deserves,” said Mr Ramos-Horta.
He stressed that His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has succeeded in consolidate peace during the most turbulent and complex time in the region.
During its visit, the delegaton met the Premier who outlined steps taken by Bahrain and listened to their ideas and experiences in promoting peace and tolerance in the world.
Mr Ramos-Horta said the approach of direct communication with all categories of the Bahraini people, which the Prime Minister has adopted to be familiar with their needs and ambitions, is in full accordance with the approach he himself followed when he was in power.
Mr de Klerk said: “I was told, and experienced, that here within one square kilometre in Manama it is possible to find a Sunni and a Shia mosque, Hindu temples, Christian churches and a synagogue.
“I’ve also experienced, and got to understand, the policy of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister to ensure that communities with distinct religious and language identities are able to coexist peacefully under the full protection of the state.”
Mr Walesa said he thought Bahrain could propose distinct foundations for the integration and unity of peoples.
Mr Satyarthi praised Bahrain’s democratic experience and its legislative system, stressing that it represents a unique model in the region.
Global Security Institute president Jonathan Granoff also described Bahrain as a model for respecting and honoring human values, and believing that all of humanity is one family.
Mrs Tibajuka underlined the kingdom’s progress, particularly in community development and urban development.