His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander and President of the Supreme Defense Council of Bahrain, chaired a meeting of the Council in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Prime Minister.
HM King Hamad paid tribute to the late His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and recalled his distinguished service to the Kingdom, his commitment to its progress and his valuable contribution and wisdom in the Supreme Defense Council, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
His Majesty the King also praised the efforts and dedication of His Royal Highness Prince Salman in all fields and restated his congratulations and best wishes to Prince Salman in serving Bahrain and its people as Crown Prince and Prime Minister.
HM King Hamad expressed his appreciation for the statements issued by the Cabinet and the both chambers of the legislative authority on preserving the rights of Bahraini fishermen, and stressed that the position of the executive and legislative branches affirm Bahrain’s absolute commitment to the wellbeing and development of all the citizens of the region.
HM the King also praised the valuable and ongoing efforts of the National Taskforce to Combat the Coronavirus, led by HRH Prince Salman with a calm resolve, driven by a strong sense of responsibility.
“We have witnessed the impressive successes and results achieved by the taskforce in decreasing the number of active cases while increasing the speed and number of those recovering. Such accomplishments strengthen the spirit, resolve and discipline of the people of Bahrain and their sense of collective responsibility,” HM the King said.
HM King Hamad commended the diligence and dedication of the Bahrain Defense Force, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Guard in their valuable contribution and support in the national response to the global pandemic, protecting the health, safety and security of all.
“Their dedication is in addition to courage and determination in protecting the nation and defending its progress and achievements”, he added.
“We recognize the role of every woman and man who continue to shoulder their noble humanitarian responsibilities to serve the nation, and they are a source of great pride for us and for all Bahrainis,” HM the King said.
“We, with the grace of God, are witnessing the launch of the national vaccination campaign with first rate services made available to all, in our vaccination centers.”
HM the King noted the high turnout of Bahrainis and residents taking the vaccine and highlighted the great efforts, efficiency and impeccable organization of the Kingdom’s health workers.
“The successes we are accomplishing together today will represent an honorable achievement in our nation’s history and a source of strength and pride for future generations. Our honorable citizens have risen to this immense challenge and we are looking forward to a brighter future for our dear nation and its people.”
The Supreme Defense Council reviewed the latest developments in regional security and emerging threats to countries and their people, especially in light of the attempts by some regionally and internationally to impose their influence and extend their control and hegemony in the region.
The Council stressed the importance of ending regional conflicts and disputes by peaceful means and in accordance with international covenants and the principles of good neighborliness, to achieve peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
Major General H.H. Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Adviser, Secretary-General of the Supreme Defense Council and Commander of the Royal Guard, briefed the Council on boosting defense, security and health capabilities.
The Council also discussed the topics on its agenda and took necessary decisions for the safety and security of the nation, its citizens and residents.