High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met today in Brussels with H.E. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
They discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the European Union and Bahrain around areas of mutual interest. In this context, High Representative Borrell and Foreign Minister Al Zayani signed a Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Cooperation Arrangement provides an institutional framework for political dialogue and cooperation in areas such as trade, research and innovation, clean energy and renewables.
Both sides look forward to holding the first EU-Bahrain Senior Officials Meeting later this year, where possibilities of bilateral cooperation will be further explored, including in support of Bahrain’s economic diversification efforts. The importance of human rights in the bilateral relationship was underlined, the 5th round of the Human Rights Working Group to be held shortly offering another opportunity to engage in this field.
Today’s meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss latest developments in the region. The High Representative and the Foreign Minister welcomed recent breakthroughs on normalisation of relations among GCC members, as well as with Israel and expressed hope that these positive developments would create momentum towards de-escalation, dialogue and confidence-building in the Gulf, and regarding the Middle East Peace Process.