The Non-Resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Sweden, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, hosted a reception and lunch banquet in Stockholm, on the occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain's national celebrations on 16 and 17 December, in commemoration of the establishment of the modern Bahraini state as an Arab and Muslim country founded by Ahmed Al-Fateh in 1783, the 48th anniversary of its full membership in the United Nations, and the 20th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne.

On this special occasion, the Ambassador delivered remarks where he praised the developed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries at all levels, noting the remarkable increase in the value of trade exchange between the two friendly kingdoms during the past few years, which took place through the opening of a number of projects that heavily contributed to expanding bilateral relations.

The Ambassador also pointed to the success achieved by the Kingdom of Bahrain in the past two decades since His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s accession to the throne, where the Kingdom of Bahrain witnessed a remarkable leap and a set of reforms at all levels, many of which were achieved last year.

The Ambassador expressed the Kingdom of Bahrain's pride in what it had done in the areas of combating trafficking in persons, and pointed out Bahrain’s success in maintaining for the second year in a row its Tier 1 status in the US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report in the Middle East and North Africa region, expressing his welcome to the possibility of future cooperation with the Kingdom of Sweden.

The Ambassador also discussed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s hosting a number of major international events, including the Peace to Prosperity workshop recently held to support the sustainable economy of the Palestinian people, and the celebration of two hundred years since the founding of the Hindu temple in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the first Hindu temple in the region, and also the Kingdom’s constant support to the principles of peaceful coexistence and interfaith tolerance.

For her part, Ambassador Hakan Emsgard of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed her overwhelming happiness in attending the Bahraini embassy ceremony in Stockholm, and for its outstanding role in the development of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, noting her aspiration to strengthen economic relations by supporting trade exchange, and to provide the necessary facilities for companies, institutions and investors in the two friendly countries.

The event was also attended by Ambassador Sophie Becker and Ambassador Camilla Mellander, as well as a large number of senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden, entrepreneurs, journalists and academics.