Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Bahrain
The visit of UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May to Bahrain to join the GCC Summit is truly a landmark for the ties between the GCC countries and the United Kingdom. The fact that this comes in amongst a flurry of high-level official British visits to Bahrain – including Prince Charles and the Foreign Secretary, and so recently after King Hamad’s visit to the United Kingdom – is a signal that we are at a high point for the bilateral relationship, as we mark 200 years of this historic partnership. And long may it continue.
As the first British Prime Minister to attend a GCC summit – along with being the first female head of state to participate – this is a historic occasion. The United Kingdom is clearly emphasizing its seriousness for strengthening its ties with the region. Britain’s support, solidarity and friendship make it reasonable for us to look to the United Kingdom as the seventh GCC State – in spirit, if not by treaty!
In response to those usual critics who are hostile towards any kind of relationship with the GCC States, 10 Downing Street issued a press releases stating “We achieve far more by stepping up, engaging with these countries and working with them to encourage and support their plans for reform.”...