Bahrain\'s Foreign Minister to Visit Japan for Bilateral Talks

Published January 31st, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister, Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al- Khalifa, will start a five-day official visit to Japan on February 3rd for talks on enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries, reported the Bahrain Tribune newspaper Wednesday.  

“The bilateral talks will cover political, economic, cultural, social and technical areas,” Japanese ambassador to Bahrain, Yasuaki Ono, told the Tribune. 

“Our relations are based on mutual co-operation, understanding and historic economic ties,” he said, adding that Japan was concerned about the developments, stability and security of this region. 

Japan is also looking forward to have a full-fledged Bahraini embassy in Tokyo, he said.  

“The Bahrain Foreign Minister, will provide Japan a unique opportunity to review its ties not only with Bahrain but with other GCC states as well. Japan is shifting its focus from purely commercial ties to diversified areas of interests,” the ambassador said. 

both countries established diplomatic ties three years ago. 

Last month, Japan's foreign minister, Yohei Kono toured the Gulf countries for ways of strengthening trade and economy ties. 

Knoo launched an initiative to help Japan review and enhance bilateral relations with all Gulf states in line with the international trends, said a statement by Japan's foreign ministry at that time. 

“The Kono initiative is based on pillars of new understanding and co-operation between Japan and the countries of this region."  

The first principle suggested that the economic and commercial ties can’t be long-lasting and instead they should be based on political, economic, cultural and educational considerations. Hence, Japan is shifting the focus of its foreign policy from traditional economic relations to more diversified areas, according to the statement.  

“The Kono Initiative also proposed joint co-operation in vital areas like the development of water resources in the region." This initiative will help both sides work on environment-related issues as well, added the statement --  


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