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Political issues between Ukraine and Bahrain
16 October 2012 00:00

Joint Communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Bahrain was signed and came into effect on July 20, 1992.

In the year 2002 first practical steps have been made to initiate political dialogue between the Parties. On 1 March 2002 the President of Ukraine H.E. Leonid Kuchma congratulated the King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa with the remarkable historic event in the life of Bahrain – proclaiming it as the Kingdom and transformation of the state to the constitutional monarchy. The Head of the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine also send his congratulations.

On June 26, 2002 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine send a letter to his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa. The letter was devoted to the preparations of the President of Ukraine visit to Bahrain. Possibilities of signing of bilateral economic agreements were also considered in the letter.

First official visit of the President of Ukraine H.E. Leonid Kuchma to Bahrain on January 21, 2003 became the main event of Ukrainian-Bahraini relations. The President of Ukraine had meetings with the King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, Supreme Commander of Bahraini Armed Forces Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Speaker of Shura Council (Upper Chamber of the Parliament of Bahrain) Faisal Al Musawi.

The parties agreed on the strengthening of political dialogue, about forming of the legal base and also concerning development of Ukrainian-Bahraini cooperation in the spheres of industry and agriculture, banking, investment and tourism spheres.

In 2008, relations between Ukraine and Bahrain have gained considerable momentum. On January 29, 2008 in Manama first Ukrainian-Bahraini political consultations were held. As a result of the political consultations Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Bahrain was signed.

On February 28, 2012 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Arab Emirates Yuriy Polurez presented his credentials to His Majesty King of the Kingdom of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa. After the official welcoming ceremony they held separate talks. Bahraini leader congratulated Ukrainian diplomat on his high appointment and emphasized the readiness to develop cooperation with Ukraine in all areas without exception. During the meeting there was discussion of establishing a regular political dialogue as a key to further fruitful cooperation between the countries.

The day before, on February 27, 2012, the Ambassador of Ukraine presented a copy of credentials to H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. During the meeting the Minister congratulated Ukrainian diplomat on the appointment noting that Bahrain is interested in developing bilateral relations with Ukraine because of its place in the world community and strategic location.

On July 12, 2021 First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova held an online meeting with the Undersecretary for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. The parties discussed intensifying of political dialogue, mechanisms for deepening economic cooperation, development of the legal base, as well as cooperation within international organizations.

 

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