Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State of the United States, Brian Hook, held today discussions regarding Iran with His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister,  Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the governments of the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain released the following joint statement:

The United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain share a strong and enduring commitment to countering Iranian aggression. The Islamic Republic of Iran has sought to undermine the stability and security of Bahrain by fomenting sectarian tensions and providing arms to proxy groups and terrorists. Despite these actions, Bahrain has remained true to its values and continues to prioritize peaceful coexistence and religious freedom for all its people. The United States remains committed to Bahrain’s security and to a deep and effective partnership to counter Iranian-backed terror.

In recognizing the grave threat posed by Iranian arms transfers in the region, and in Bahrain specifically, the United States and Bahrain call upon the United Nations Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran before it expires.

The embargo is an important tool to counter Iran’s proliferation of arms to proxies. It promotes greater regional stability and holds Iran accountable for its actions. We have seen what Iran is capable of in its attack on Saudi oil facilities in September 2019. If the international community fails to extend the embargo, the Kingdom of Bahrain and neighboring partners will suffer the consequences of a destabilizing arms race. The Security Council must uphold its responsibility to maintain international peace and security and extend the arms embargo on Iran.