Bahrain counsels Iran to act rationally and smartly to avoid international isolation

April 16, 2010

Bahrain has advised Iran to work on avoiding international political isolation and assert itself as an efficient member of the global community.

“Iran should act moderately, responsibly and rationally to remain an effective and interactive member in the international community. This is Bahrain’s wish as outlined by His Majesty the King,” Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa told Iranian Vice President’s Deputy for Coordination and Economic Affairs, Ali Aqa-Mohammadi. “Bahrain is ready to help achieve this status.”

The Iranian official headed a high-profile business delegation that visited Bahrain to advance talks on a project to import Iranian gas supplies.

Prince Salman lauded the pioneering civilisational and cultural roles Iran has assumed for centuries and the sacrifices it made as it selected its way forward.

However, the crown prince also hailed US President Barack Obama’s outstanding capabilities to tackle local and international issues, citing the passing by the Congress of the Health Insurance Law, a sensitive and significant issue that has preoccupied the US for decades.

The success has given Obama and his administration an exceptional power in managing internal and external crises.  There is a need to be fully aware of this significance of this development in dealing with the US administration and ensure that the interaction with it is well-composed, constructive and clever, Prince Salman said.

At a press conference he held later, Aqa-Mohammadi said that Tehran and Manama had common interests and that Iran was ready for all-out cooperation with Bahrain.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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