PRESIDENT WELCOMES PM OF BAHRAIN, CITES SUPPORT OF RP AND OUR OFWs

MALACANANG, December 3, 2003  (BULLETIN) President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa in Malacañang the other day to personally thank him for Bahrain’s continued support for the Philippines and Overseas Filipino Workers there.

The President particularly thanked Shaikh Khalifa for granting monetary assistance to boost the development of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The Bahrain Monetary Authority also opened its doors to the Philippines by expressing its willingness to train Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas officials on Islamic banking theories and practices to pave the way for the country’s wider participation in Gulf economies.

“We can expect that bilateral ties between the Philippines and Bahrain will further flourish,” Special Envoy to the Gulf Cooperation Council Ambassador Amable R. Aguiluz said. It was upon the ambassador’s invitation that the Prime Minister of Bahrain is here.

“Both countries are very keen on bolstering trade and economic relations,” he said.

Bahrain hosts more than 35,000 Filipino workers whom President Arroyo will visit in the middle of December as part of her official trip to the Middle East countries.

It is to be recalled that during the Prime Minister’s previous visit to the Philippines in November 2001, he was conferred the Sikatuna Award by President Arroyo, in recognition of his efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Bahrain and the Philippines and in appreciation of his commitment to bolster education in the Middle East.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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