Japan-Bahrain Relations

April 5, 2022

 On April 5, commencing at 19:10 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his intention to cooperate with H.R.H. Prince Salman in fostering a closer bilateral relationship between Japan and Bahrain. In response, H.R.H. Prince Salman expressed his renewed hopes for strengthening the bilateral relationship, and expressed his appreciation for Japan’s cooperation in the launching of the Bahrain-UAE joint nanosatellite “Light-1” from the Japanese Experiment Module ”Kibo” on the International Space Station.
  2. Both sides exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and how to shape the framework of the international order going forward, including the United Nations Security Council. Further, both sides concurred that the Russian invasion of Ukraine infringe upon Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and constitute a serious violation of international law, and is a serious situation that shakes the foundation of not only Europe but also the entire international order, and confirmed that Japan and Bahrain will continue to closely coordinate their response to the situation. In addition, both sides exchanged views on the soaring crude oil prices in the wake of the situation in Ukraine, and confirmed that Japan and Bahrain will cooperate towards the stabilization of the international oil market.
  3. Both sides confirmed to work towards strengthening their bilateral relationship in various fields, in both the public and private sector, including through signing the “Agreement between Japan and the Kingdom of Bahrain for the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment” at an early timing, especially as 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bahrain.

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