Manama, Jan. 16 (BNA): Bahrain is a key partner in the US Iran strategy, US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook has said.
“Iran’s support of proxies here in Bahrain is part of a much larger strategy to destabilize the region. Iran must stop testing and proliferating missiles, stop launching and developing nuclear-capable missiles, and stop supporting its militias in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen," said Hook, who in conjunction with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the region, returned to Bahrain on January 15.
He spoke about US-Iran policy at the Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) in a specially arranged roundtable discussion.
“Together, our two nations work closely to promote stability and strengthen security. Iran, on the other hand, has tried to weaken national identity in Bahrain and create sectarian divisions. But Bahrain’s leaders have responded by deepening their commitment to peaceful coexistence and religious freedom," he said.
Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Chairman of Derasat, affirmed the longstanding relations between Bahrain and the United States, and Bahrain’s commitment to the US’s strategy to combat Iran’s destabilizing activities.
“This meeting highlighted the importance of convening relevant stakeholders in research centres such as Derasat as a way of coordinating efforts and creating partnerships and we look forward to continue our efforts in this regard," he said.