His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa look at photographs upon arriving at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain.
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain look at photographs upon arriving at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. Image Credit: WAM

SAKHIR: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain the deep-rooted ties between their countries and ways to enhance their cooperation and expand its scope to advance their mutual interests.

King Hamad welcomed Sheikh Mohamed, wishing him continued good health and happiness, and the UAE, continued progress and prosperity.

During the meeting, the two leaders exchanged cordial talks that highlighted the deep-rooted relations between the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain and their peoples, and their shared keenness on boosting them to meet their aspirations for further development.

The UAE President expressed his delight at visiting Bahrain and meeting King Hamad, and underscored the strong, distinguished ties their countries share and their keenness to strengthen and develop them in various areas.

For his part, the King of Bahrain expressed his pride at the close historical UAE-Bahrain relations, and at the advanced bilateral cooperation and coordination they achieved in all fields, which helps drive prosperity in service of their countries and peoples.

The meeting was attended by the UAE President's delegation, which includes Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Bahrain, and a number of officials and senior military leaders.

Sheikh Mohamed, accompanied by King Hamad, also toured the Bahrain International Airshow 2022, which is being held at the Sakhir Airbase and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

During the tour, the UAE President was briefed on the latest developments in Bahrain's civil and military aviation sector in terms of advanced systems, technology, and solutions.

He also conversed with the participants and listened to explanations about their most important initiatives and innovations, wishing them success in their participation.

Sheikh Mohamed praised the level of organisation that Bahrain put into the air show, wishing Bahrain success in its notable efforts to enhance its position as a world-class host of major international events.

Sheikh Mohamed attends ‘Jelmoud 3’

Sheikh Mohamed and King Hamad also attended the final stage of the joint Emirati-Bahraini military anti-terrorism exercise, titled “Jelmoud 3.”

The three day exercise involved the participation of the UAE Armed Forces and the Royal Guard, a unit of the Bahrain Defence Force, as well as several other units from the defence force and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior and National Security Agency, as part of the close cooperation between the two countries.

Before the exercise, the two countries agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by Lt. General Eng. Issa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, and Major General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad, who presented the exercise, its phases and its objectives.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his happiness at attending the exercise, which highlighted the skills and abilities of its participants.

The UAE President had arrived earlier Thursday at the Sakhir Airbase airport, where he was received by King Hamad bin Isa, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a number of sheikhs.