Peace: King’s approach; people’s culture, says Speaker

Manama: Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal, has stressed that Bahrain has been, and still is a role model to be emulated in the fields of peace and coexistence among religions and sects thanks to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s sound visions.


The royal visions have entitled Bahrain to be a “Kingdom of Peace”, and a leading country in embodying the values and principles of peaceful coexistence among its citizens, she said.


The speaker affirmed that peace is a well-established approach of HM King Hamad, and a firm culture of the Bahraini people, as well as a genuine Bahraini fundamental, noting that fostering the values of peace is among the basic pillars of the Reform Project and the comprehensive development march spearheaded by HM the King, through unity, love, harmony among everyone, in addition to supporting peace and tolerance, as the best means to advance societies and achieve development and progress.


In a statement marking the International Day of Peace, observed worldwide on September 21 under the theme “Shaping Peace Together”, the speaker stressed that no stability or prosperity can be achieved without peace that meets the aspirations of peoples and nations for security and stability that can be a catalyst for them to attain more development.


She emphasised that peace is the strategic option for Bahrain, and its civilisational and humanitarian message to the whole world, adding that peace will remain the best embodiment of the cultural and civilisational component of the Bahraini people, and a true expression of Bahrainis’ moral and humanitarian authenticity.


She pointed out that it is fortunate that this year’s International Day of Peace coincides with the signing of the Declaration Supporting Peace between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel, noting that the bold historic step is consistent with HM King Hamad’s policies to spread the culture of peace in the world, including the provision of better chances for the Palestinian people to establish their independent state in accordance with the International Legitimacy’s resolutions and the Arab Initiative.


The speaker highlighted the numerous initiatives launched by HM the King to promote openness and acceptance of the other policy, being integral to spreading peace, achieving sustainable development and enhancing the kingdom’s regional and global status. In this regard, she cited the establishment of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence, the inauguration of the “King Hamad Chair for Interfaith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence” at La Sapienza University in Rome in November, 2018, and the launch of the “Cyber Peace Programme of the King Hamad Centre for Peaceful Coexistence” in New York on the sidelines of 74th session of the UN General Assembly.


The speaker asserted that the two chambers of the National Assembly have played a major role in achieving the noble goals of the principles of peace in order to contribute to consolidating love, tolerance and coexistence.


This has been achieved through adopting legislation and laws that reinforce such concepts and promote them in thought, culture and practices, in addition to activating the role of parliamentary diplomacy aimed at spreading peace and coexistence among all the components of society, and combating all global challenges, she said.



Source: Bahrain News Agency