Bahrain to open embassy in KL

TASNIM LOKMAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Bahrain has decided to set up an embassy in Malaysia to strengthen bilateral relations.


Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Ahmed said his government will send a team here to make the necessary arrangements over the next two months.


"His Majesty King Hamad Isa Al-Khalifa has instructed us to open an embassy here in Kuala Lumpur.


"So, within (the next) two months, our technical team will come here and look into the right premises and the necessary arrangements to open the embassy," Sheikh Khalid said during a joint press conference with Malaysia's Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, today.


Sheikh Khalid also said Bahrain is taking necessary steps to implement a visa-free travel policy between the two countries.


He added that Bahrain and Malaysia have many similarities, including culture and general atmosphere.


The Foreign Minister is here as part of Bahrain’s King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa's four-day state visit, which began on April 30.


The visit is historic, as it is the first by a Bahraini ruler to Malaysia in 43 years of diplomatic relations.


Meanwhile, Hishammudin, who is also the Minister in Attendance for the state visit, said the two countries have agreed to conduct a military joint-training exercise for Special Forces to fight terrorism.


Also present was Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.