Our Diplomatic History
On September 22nd 1971, the Bahraini flag was raised at the United Nations for the first time, signalling the Kingdom’s entrance into the family of nations as a modern independent state. Since then, the Kingdom has vastly expanded its diplomatic network and international reach. Today, the Kingdom of Bahrain has embassies and representatives in more than thirty countries, with work underway to expand our global presence further.
Much of this work was accomplished under the guidance of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and the Kingdom’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs. On January 14th 2019, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ordained the establishment of a diplomatic academy to succeed the Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new institution honours His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak as a pioneer of Bahraini diplomacy: The Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies.
The program includes a series of lectures and interactive sessions with current and former Bahraini diplomats, in addition to high-level officials in the Bahraini government, private sector, and civil society. Participants also take part in a series of visits to political and economic institutions and cultural landmarks. Participants also get the opportunity to experience Bahrain’s music, culinary and entertainment scenes.
With its flag raised proudly at the United Nations, the Kingdom of Bahrain celebrated its official position as a member of the international community in 1971.
This marked an important milestone in the Kingdom’s contemporary history, one of which was realized approximately two years after the establishment of the Directorate of Foreign Affairs within the Kingdom’s government.
With the Kingdom of Bahrain’s official recognition, the Directorate of Foreign Affairs transformed into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embarked on a journey, cementing old friendships and forging new ones.
The decade following the inauguration of several Bahraini embassies, notably in the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, marked key developments in diplomatic relations.
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s contribution to the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the hosting of one of its first summits in Manama in 1983, reflect the country’s commitment to regional peace and security.
HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa is appointed as ambassador to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia.
HE Saif Al Musallam is appointed as ambassador to the State of Kuwait.
HE Jassim Bullay is appointed as ambassador to the French Republic.
HE Abdulaziz Buali is appointed as ambassador to the United States of America.
HE Salim Al Absi is appointed as ambassador in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Substantial international challenges resulted in a series of diplomatic successes that were achieved through willingness and commitment.
With support from their global alliances, the Kingdom of Bahrain was ready and able to meet complex global challenges with ease and confidence. The country’s efforts to defend their territorial and maritime sovereignty through diplomatic means at the International Court of Justice, demonstrate dedication to the nation, unwavering conviction and collective consciousness.
Furthermore, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s role on the UN Security Council (1998-1999) as a non-permanent member, and the election of HE Shaikha Haya bin Rashed Al Khalifa in 2006 as the first Arab woman to preside over the UN General Assembly, exemplify the advancement of the country, further cementing their global image as a progressive, tolerant nation.
The achievements of Bahraini diplomacy continue to grow on the international stage, and the Kingdom’s expanding network of embassies, indicate a resolute, unanimous and effective vision. Efforts to enable young diplomats reflect an acknowledgement of the future generation’s crucial role in influencing and facilitating advancement in a global world.