On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate His Majesty King Hamad and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the occasion of the country’s National Day.
Bahrain is a vital friend and partner of the United States. We saw that yet again this year, as Bahrain supported our efforts to evacuate Americans and others from Afghanistan. We expect the coming year to include even greater advancement of our bilateral relationship through our people-to-people exchanges, strengthening business and economic ties, coordinating closely on regional defense, and groundbreaking work on the protection of antiquities.
The United States is grateful for our strong and growing partnership, and I wish the Bahraini people all the best as we move in to the next fifty years of our bilateral relationship.