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MANAMA, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Bahrain's Ministry of Interior has affirmed in a statement that its report issued on September 8, related to the arrest of 14 Iranians who had entered Bahrain with Asian passports and fake names, is based on solid proof.

The ministry published documents as a proof of its report.

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said the move comes in response to an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman's statement claiming that Iran could not confirm what had been mentioned in the Bahraini ministry's statement and alleged that “Bahrain hasn’t presented evidence to the Iranian government or additional information.”

The evidence and documents related to those arrested affirm the previous statement and meet the standards of transparency and credibility, the ministry said.

Parts of the evidence are the scanned IDs of some of the 14 Iranian nationals who were arrested for using Asian passports of fake information to enter the country, it added.



MANAMA, August 31, 2018 (MENA) - Chairman of Bahrain's Shura Council Ali bin Saleh Al-Saleh hailed the strong relations between Bahrain and Egypt, lauding exchanged visits between King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

He commended bilateral relations which are based on cooperation, describing joint ties as a model for pan-Arab relationships through coordinating stances regarding Arab, regional and international issues, the Bahraini news agency (BNA) reported Friday.

He also praised Egypt’s honorable stances and unwavering support to Bahrain, backing the measures it has taken to maintain its security and stability and stave off regional challenges and threats.

Meanwhile, Al-Saleh lauded Cairo’s pioneering and pivotal role and strenuous efforts to unite the Arab nation and champion its causes, taking pride in deep-rooted relations between Manama and Cairo.

Manama, Aug 30 , 2018 - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Thursday night started an official visit to Bahrain, the first leg of a multi-country tour that would take him to China and Uzbekistan.

President Sisi, who is accompanied by a high-powered official and business delegation, was officially welcomed upon arrival at Manama International Airport by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and senior Bahraini government officials.

The visit highlights President Sisi's keenness on reinforcing the fraternal relations between Egypt and Bahrain in every domain, Presidency Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi said earlier in the pre-departure statement.

President Sisi's visit to Bahrain would give added impetus to the deeply-rooted fraternal relations and understanding between the two countries, Ambassador Radi added.

It would also contribute to the promotion of joint Arab action.

President Sisi and King Hamad were scheduled to hold their first round of official talks in Manama to discuss regional and international issues of bilateral concern as well as ways of cementing ties between the two countries, he said.

Following his visit to Bahrain, President Sisi will leave for Beijing to attend the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC). While in China, President Sisi would hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bolstering co-operation ties.

At the end of the tour, President Sisi would visit Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, where he would hold talks with it President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Ambassador Radi said, noting that this is the first official visit by an Egyptian president to Uzbekistan.

CAIRO, July 15, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli praised the ties binding Egypt and Bahrain, asserting the importance of boosting economic cooperation between both countries.

This came during Madbouli's meeting with Bahrain's Ambassador to Egypt Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulrahman al Khalifa.

The Bahraini ambassador praised the achievements of the Egyptian government that contributed to improving the country's economic indicators.

He invited Madbouli to visit Bahrain and congratulated him on assuming his new post as premier.

He said Bahrain is looking forward to more economic cooperation with Egypt and increasing the volume of investments and trade exchange for the interest of both countries. 

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - The US State Department said on Tuesday it had designated al-Ashtar Brigades, which it described as an Iran-backed terrorist group in Bahrain, as a foreign terrorist organization.

It said in a statement that the group was established in 2013 with the aim of toppling the Bahraini government, and had killed police officers in bomb and gun attacks. Members of the group have received weapons and explosives from Iran, it added.

The designation denies the group access to the US financial system, the statement said.

CAIRO, June 24, 2018 (MENA) - Bahrain backs efforts meant to develop inter-Arab tourism in order to stimulate the Arab countries' economy and achieve the desired sustainable development goals, Bahraini Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani said on Sunday.

Zayani, who is chairman of the 22nd session of the executive office of the Arab Tourism Ministers Council, that kicked off today at the Arab League premises, was delivering his inaugural speech at the event attended by delegations from Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya and Morocco.

The Bahraini minister said that the global tourism market saw a notable rise over the past two decades and last year recorded its highest rate in seven years to stand at 7%, with the number of tourists reaching 3.6 million daily.

The Arab region saw growth in the percentage of incoming tourism in the first half of the current year compared with the past year, he said, pointing out to World Tourism Organization expectations of a continuing steady growth, ranging between 4% and 5 %, in the region in 2018.

He also asserted the importance of increased efforts to develop the Arab tourism industry, urging Arab governments to prioritize tourism development policies.

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