Bahrain wants closer ties with Russia

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Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. (Getty Images)

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. (Getty Images)

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has flagged stepping up economic and political ties with Russia in areas such as energy and gas, banking and tourism, it was reported.

According to the Gulf Daily News, he said the way had already been paved by existing agreements as he voiced the kingdom’s appreciation of Russia’s stance in support of GCC issues and its keenness to ensure permanent stability in the region.

He also praised Russia’s “unwavering commitment to supporting its friends and allies”.

Al Khalifa made the comments after hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal representative and Gazprom chairman Viktor Zubkov at the Gudaibiya Palace.

The Gulf Daily News said the discussed activating Bahraini-Russian co-operation in air transport, urban development, energy and gas.

They also reviewed co-operation in industrial, banking and financial sectors.

The Premier stressed the importance of strengthening existing bilateral agreements, signing new ones and launching joint investment projects.

He also affirmed the kingdom's desire to boost cultural and tourism ties with Russia.

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