As part of a series of international virtual meetings organized by the Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies, a discussion was held today with Head of the Bahraini-British Parliamentary Friendship Group, Colonel Stewart Bob.
The meeting was held in cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, and in the presence of more than fifty participants, Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Bahrain to a number of countries in the world, directors of the departments of the General Court , diplomats and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, moderated by Director of the Communication Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Ambassador Dr. Arwa Hassan Al-Sayyed, the British MP took the participants on a journey through time, back to the early nineties of the twentieth century to show them live scenes from his personal experience as an affiliate of the Ministry of Defense
He talked about the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, citing the most important reasons that led to it within a precise geographic chronology that shows the most prominent parties to the dispute and to reconciliation, pointing to the important role of international organizations and missions in that period in establishing a common space for peace.
The British MP recalled the concept of decision-making under exceptional circumstances and stressed the need for responsible choice where the role of strategy and advance planning lie, according special attention to the humanitarian aspect, in both military and diplomatic actions.
He said humans, regardless of their demographic characteristics or their different ideologies, constitute the difficult number in the equation of conflict and peace, indicating the importance of analysis, negotiation and leadership skills, which bear fruit during the process of crucial decision making.
In conclusion, the MP discussed the inevitable relationship between the military and diplomatic fields, especially while ending wars or settling disputes and stressed that it is not possible to achieve peace for a diplomat unless he possesses the qualities of a success.
He praised the diplomatic energies and the defense powers of the Arab Gulf states as he closely witnessed during his military service and his many visits to the region, expressing in the same context his pride in the depth of historical relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Kingdom, which grew remarkably during the past years and attained many common achievements in various fields.
It is worth noting that this meeting comes within the strategy of the Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies for the year 2020 which sets as one of its goals a group of meetings to raise the overall diplomatic awareness among the Ministry’s employees and contribute to consolidating the existing relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the countries of the lecturers and international experts in the fields of diplomacy, international relations, and foreign affairs.