(Switzerland) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, participated in the World Economic Forum “Davos”, which was launched in the Swiss Confederation under the theme: “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World “, in the presence of many Heads of State and Government, Economists, politicians, academics, businessmen and representatives of civil society organizations.
The various sessions of the Forum discuss a number of economic and social issues on the international arena that concern the countries and peoples of the world, including: strengthening the efforts of the international community, increasing economic growth rates and confronting the various financial and economic challenges.
Shaikh Khalid affirmed that the participation of the Kingdom of Bahrain in this World Forum reflects its established policy of building bridges of cooperation, strengthening its relations with various countries of the world and increasing bilateral and collective cooperation in order to contribute to the continuation of development and renaissance in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He noted that regional and international developments always necessitate the collective dialogue and continuous discussion by the international community in order to benefit from economic and social data in achieving economic prosperity, social cohesion and overcoming the crises faced by many countries.
The minister also participated in a session on “Finding a New Equilibrium in the Middle East”, where the current regional issues were discussed in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, the Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and a number of officials of the world.
In response to some of the questions raised during the session, Shaikh Khalid stressed the need for the Islamic Republic of Iran to abide by the principles of good neighborliness, international laws and norms, the Charter of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which prohibit all forms of interference in the internal affairs of States, warning of the seriousness of tampering with the internationally recognized borders between countries, and the illegal attempts to take over grounds.
He added that the region is in a state of continuous change, which requires all countries to play their role in developing the region and maintaining its security and stability, explaining that there are those who want change for the sake of progress, while others are working on change to expand their influence at the expense of regional security.
He called on all countries of the region to work for the benefit of all, not for their own interests, and to engage positively and constructively in the search for ways to enhance security, stability and joint cooperation, to reach radical solutions to the challenges and threats facing the countries of the region as a whole, and for the principles of tolerance and openness to others that have characterized the region for centuries to prevail, enabling the Arab and Islamic culture to contribute effectively and positively to the intellectual and cultural progress worldwide, affirming that the international forces play an important role in working with their allies in order to maintain security and peace in the region. The minister affirmed the importance of the historical and strategic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America, which is witnessing progress and development in various fields.