On 20 November, the second Political Dialogue between the European Union and the Kingdom of Bahrain was held in Manama, Bahrain, in the framework of the Cooperation Arrangement between the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain.
The Political Dialogue was co-chaired by the EEAS Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr. Enrique Mora, and the Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.
The Political Dialogue focused on EU-Bahrain bilateral relations in the context of the Joint Communication for a Strategic Partnership with the Gulf and followed up to the 27th EU-GCC Joint Council held on 10 October, in Muscat. The parties also discussed recent developments, including Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the ongoing war against Hamas, Gulf regional security, as well as the situation in Yemen and Syria.
In addition to the political consultations, the two sides convened the two Senior Officials (SOM) working groups meetings on trade and global affairs. In this framework, the EU and Bahrain held in-depth, technical discussions on economic diversification; green transition and climate; development cooperation and humanitarian aid; education; research; innovation and space cooperation; and security and counterterrorism.