Speaker praises solid Bahrain-UAE relations
Abu Dhabi, Oct. 9 (BNA): Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal, has stressed that the solid Bahraini-UAE ties are progressing steadily in various fields to meet the future aspirations of the two brotherly peoples as a result of the distinguished relations between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and UAE President, HH Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. In a special interview with the UAE News Agency (WAM), the speaker affirmed that the Bahraini-UAE relations are exemplary at the leadership, official and popular levels, noting that the pure blood of the two countries’ late servicemen was mixed at the fields of honour and glory while they were defending the security and stability of the two states and their peoples. The speaker asserted that the distinguished relations between the two countries contribute to enhancing their development process, as well as safeguarding stability and peace in the region. She indicated two countries’ consensus on a number of issues of mutual interest, citing the UAE’s constant support for Bahrain, especially through the Fiscal Balance Programme, their similar anti-terror mechanisms, rejection of interference in countries’ domestic affairs and respect for their sovereignty, in addition to the rejection of Iran’s occupation of the UAE’s three islands. She valued highly the deep-rooted distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries’ leaderships, peoples and legislative councils, lauding the role played by Dr. Amal Abdulla Al-Qubaisi, the Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC), and highlighting the cooperation between them as two GCC ladies who are at the helm of their countries’ legislative councils. On the Arab Document for Women’s Rights, which was officially launched in the UAE, the speaker described it as an Arab legislative framework and reference for enacting Arab women-related laws, adding that it reflects Arab legislators’ keenness to support women and enhance their positive role. She affirmed that Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Irahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), and HH Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak (the Mother of the UAE) give top priority to ensuring women’s rights to participate in various fields, adding that they contributed to consolidating joint Arab women action and thanks to them the Bahraini-UAE relations in the field of women have become an example to be emulated at the level of the region. Commenting on the fourth election of the UAE’s NFC, the speaker said that the UAE’s experience is among the democratically successful ones and reflects the UAE people’s awareness and rallying behind its leadership to achieve public interests and political development. She also asserted that the massive popular participation in the UAE’s political system reflects the existing partnership in the decision-making process. On her chairmanship of the Council of Representatives, the speaker affirmed that the prosperous Reform Era spearheaded by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has contributed to bringing about a quantum leap for Bahraini women, as it enabled them to highlight their role and landmark achievements at the local, regional and international levels. She stressed that Bahraini women have proved their leadership in many fields and become key partners in various fields of work, within the framework of cooperation and partnership to build a more prosperous future for Bahrain and its people. The speaker indicated that the national efforts have resulted in the inauguration of the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women, and the launch of the Bahraini Women’s Day, which is celebrated on December 1 every year since 2008. She added that that this year’s Bahraini Women’s Day will focus on Bahraini women’s contributions to higher education, and their opportunities in the future sciences as it coincides with the kingdom’s celebration of the centenary of education.