05 : 36 PM - 28/07/2011
Manama, July 28. (BNA) – His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received here
today at Al Rawdha Palace, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prime Minister
Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin
Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, the participants in
the National Concensus Dialogue, led by the Parliament and National Dialogue
Chairman Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani, who submitted to him the final visions
of the National Consensus Dialogue.
First, some Quran verses were recited and then Al Dhahrani delivered the
following statement :
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Your Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Peace Be upon you,
It is a great honour to me to submit to Your Majesty the final report on the
National Consensus Dialogue which you honoured me to chair it. It has been a
joint national effort in which the participants engaged in a civilised dialogue
that enhances the comprehensive development in light of the Bahraini people’s
unity and social values.
Out of our national responsibility towards Bahrain, its people and future, and
in line with Your Majesty’s noble initiative to launch a National Consensus
Dialogue without pre-conditions, we have worked with good intentions and
dedication and with the support of your loyal people, have overcome all
challenges and obstacles. Our goal has been to achieve national consensus for
the sake of reaching common grounds in order meet the Bahraini people’s
expectations of peace and justice.
We submit to Your Majesty this report on the agreed upon visions on the four
themes of the National Consensus Dialogue (political, economic, legal and
social)and the special theme regarding communities of resident related to comprehensive national issues and another dedicated to
expatriate communities, in tribute to their contributions in the kingdom’s
comprehensive development march. We have encouraged participation at the
dialogue table through openness to all view point voiced by all social spectra.
Today is a happy national day that history and the future generations will
record for your Majesty after the National Action Charter, the Reform Project
and the Democratic March which you had anchored a decade ago.
We are confident that, with Your Majesty’s support, follow up of His Royal
Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal
Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme
Commander, and the efforts of the loyal Bahraini citizens, we are capable of
overcoming all difficulties and challenges in order to achieve the future we
hope for our cherished kingdom.
On behalf of all Bahraini citizens, regardless of their affiliations, we extend
to Your Majesty sincere thanks and appreciation.
Then Al Dhahrani presented His Majesty with the Concensus of the National Dialogue.
Later His Majesty, delivered a speech to the audience, here is the content of His Majesty’s speech:
Brothers and sisters
Peace of Allah, His blessings and mercy be upon you,
It is my pleasure to meet you during these blessed days to congratulate you on
the near advent of the holy month of Ramadan as we pray to Allah Almighty to
bestow upon us and upon our country the divine graces of security, faith and
success in carrying out the deeds that He loves and approves and to help us
realize the aspirations of our noble nation.
On this historic day we have received the views of the National Consensus
Dialogue: your dialogue which embodied the spirit of intimacy, loving-kindness
and amity and reflected the extent of your commitment to surmount the past
incidents, and this denotes your great understanding and belief in the
principles of national action around which all denominations and sects of the
community do congregate, hence the results are evidence that consensus and
reconciliation matters are far greater than all differences and that the
foundations of good citizenship and national unity are more solid and capable
of carrying forward the march of reform and development.
On this occasion, we would like to thank honorable brother Khalifa bin Ahmed
Al-Dhahrani, the Chairman of the Representatives Council and Chairman of the
National Consensus Dialogue, for the huge, fruitful efforts and everyone who
participated and contributed their efforts and expertise in the national
consensus for the sake of our beloved country Bahrain. We assure you that the
views on which you reached consensus shall act as shining landmarks for a new
phase on the road of development, growth and building, emanating from the solid
foundations we have laid down a decade ago in the epoch-making National Action
Charter and here we are today with you intent on launching this new phase in
order to realize glory to this dear homeland.
Brothers and sisters,
The views of the national consensus are considered a civilizational landmark on
our progressive march of national action as we have reached vast horizons for
further reforms and development. These views have been expressed through
participation by our Bahraini citizens from all walks of life. Therefore, we
reiterate our personal support and follow-up of all he matters on which
consensus has been reached in preservation of the rights of all citizens and
The national consensus views comprised activation of the popular willpower in
the government, laying down specific standards for the selection of members in
the Shura Council, supporting the independence of the juridical power, and
boosting human rights, which come amongst other fruitful consensus efforts and
actions which push forward democratic practice and the rule of the law in our
Kingdom. In addition to the foregoing, the consensus reached confirmed the
significance of economic openness with which comes modernization in order to
boost our inclination towards reform and development. This will remain our
persistent, unequivocal policy.
In this regard, and in order for the national consensus views to materialize by
activation through our constitutional institutions, we have ordered the
executive and legislative authorities to take the necessary actions.
Brothers and sisters,
As we are aware of the economic challenges we have to live with, and as we are
keen on upgrading the citizens' standards of living, we ordered the government
to take the necessary actions regarding increasing salaries of civil, military
and retired government employees and to expedite the other matters pertaining to
all citizens' living that have been included within the National Dialogue views.
Finally, I am confident that the people of Bahrain are capable – with the Will
of Allah - to preserve their own unity and face up to the challenges they
encounter with trust in Almighty Allah in a spirit of loving-kindness, intimacy,
amity and optimism. We pray Allah Almighty to preserve our country, Bahrain,
from any mishaps or calamity and unite our word and ranks and maintain our
fraternity and amity. Allah is All-hearing All-answering to supplications.
Peace of Allah, His blessings and mercy be upon you.
Then the Representatives Council Chairman presented a commemorative gift to His
Majesty the King on this occasion.
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