His Majesty Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, paid a visit to the General Command of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF).
Upon arrival, HM the King was welcomed by the BDF Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Defense Affairs, Lieutenant-General Abdulla bin Hassan Al Nuaimi, and Chief-of-Staff, Lieutenant-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi.
HM King Hamad was accompanied by Royal Guard Commander, Major-General HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Royal Court Minister, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
HM the King held a meeting with senior officers who extended to him sincere congratulations on the new Hijri year, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
HM the King congratulated them on the same occasion, praising BDF brave servicemen, and commending the tremendous efforts they are exerting to protect the nation, as well as its civilizational march, unity and hard-won accomplishments.
HM King Hamad expressed thanks to the Commander-in-Chief for the valuable efforts he is exerting to enhance the BDF’s march.
HM the King, the Supreme Commander, hailed the on-going fruitful serious work, coordination and cooperation among the BDF, the Ministry of Interior and the National Guard for the best interests of the nation and the citizens.
HM King Hamad expressed pride in the BDF servicemen’s rallying together with their brethren from the Saudi and UAE armed forces, within the Arab Coalition, to defend the land of the two Holy Mosques and support the brotherly Yemeni people.
HM the King lauded the fruitful results of the 12th meeting of the Ministerial Committee to Follow up on the Developments of the Crisis with Iran and ways to counter its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, held in Cairo yesterday, stressing that Bahrain always looks forward to ensuring that security and peace prevail in the region and throughout the world.
HM King Hamad wished all officers, non-commissioned officers and staff further success in carrying out their noble duties.
Meanwhile, BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received Commander of the US Army Central (USARCENT) Command General Terry Ferrell, and the accompanying delegation.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief praised the advanced Bahrain-US friendship ties and highlighted means of bolstering them in various arenas especially the military and defense cooperation.
Bahrain’s Defense Minister General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi, BDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. General Dhiyab bin Saqer Al Nuaimi, BDF General Command Headquarters Director Major General Hassan Mohammed Sa’ad, Military Cooperation Director Major General Mohammed Hashim Al Sada, Assistant Chief- of-Staff for Operations Major General Ghanim Ibrahim Al Fadhala, Naval Major General Mohammed Yousef Al Assam the Commander of the Royal Bahrain Navy Force, and senior officers were also present.
Lastly, the Chief-of-Staff of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi patronized at the Royal Command and Staff and National Defense College the opening ceremony of the second national defense and the 12th command and joint staff sessions. He was welcomed on arrival by the college Commandant Rear Admiral Abdullah Said Al Mansouri and senior BDF officers.
The Commandant of the Royal Command and Staff and National Defense College gave a speech in which he welcomed the audience and thanked the BDF Chief-of- Staff for opening the sessions. Then, a briefing was given on both sessions which were declared open by the Chief of Staff who wished the participants every success.
He also pointed out the role of the Royal Command and Staff and National Defense College in high military education, wishing its staff every success in attaining set up goals.