7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News


MANAMA: Bahrain and France yesterday heralded a new chapter in bilateral relations. "Today we usher in a new phase in our multifaceted co-operation which embraces all sectors," His Majesty King Hamad said.

He was speaking as he held talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the presence of Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

His Majesty cited defence and peaceful nuclear energy as the cornerstones of bilateral co-operation. In this respect, Bahrain and France signed an agreement to promote military co-operation.

His Majesty, President Sarkozy, the Premier and the Crown Prince attended the signing ceremony. A joint declaration of co-operation in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was also sealed.

The two sides also signed a consular agreement in addition to a deal on training Bahraini doctors in their post-graduate specialisation courses. They also agreed to sign a future protocol on amending an agreement sealed in 1993 on avoiding double taxation.

The move would bring the agreement in line with advanced criteria adopted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development regarding tariffs.

The two sides also stressed their resolve to promote political, economic, educational and cultural co-operation, in addition to civil aviation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

His Majesty later hosted a lunch banquet in honour of President Sarkozy.

Earlier, the King received the French President at Bahrain International Airport in the presence of the Premier, the Crown Prince and senior officials.

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