Bahrain committed to remaining on right side of history: Prince Salman

February 11, 2011

Prince Salman - BNA

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa said that the “very transformative process over the next decade or two in the Middle East” would be an opportunity that his country, keen on remaining on the right side of history, would seize.

“The Middle East is going through a very transformative process over the next decade or two. We want to take advantage of that,” Prince Salman said in Ankara. “We are not scared of it, and we understand the risks.”

Bahrain would build on its past achievements and on its commitment to protecting the rights of its society to move forward despite wars and difficulties, he said.

“We are committed to remaining on the right side of history. Our citizens, their rights, their freedoms, their beliefs, are a matter of concern to us. They will be protected, and we will develop and we will progress. I have no doubt about it, and I myself commit my life to ensuring that that is the case,” he said at a meeting hosted by the Foreign Economic relations Board (DEIK).

Prince Salman said that the core of change was the achievement of objectives, and not pace.

“Not everyone in my country is satisfied with the change that has occurred. Some people are scared we move too fast; others that we move too slowly. But what I don’t think anybody can deny is that we are on the path and trajectory to achieving our goal,” he said. “When this great republic, Turkey, was born and rose out of the ashes of the First World War, it was not until 1950 that you decided to open and liberalise your political system. And you do not need me to tell you how difficult that birth was,” he said, addressing the Turkish audience.

To ensure a change in the behaviour of people, structural reform was needed.
“King Hamad instituted a bicameral parliamentary system, an independent judiciary, an independent prosecutor general, ended the state security law, freed the press law, released all political prisoners and called for all of those people who were living outside the country to return and join in the new job of rebuilding the country.

It has been an interesting ten years. I have been witness to it. I have participated in some of the most major decisions taken during that time. I have advocated for, and will continue to advocate for a better life, a more just society, a more participatory process and a more caring society to the rights of individuals,” he said.



About the author

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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