Bahrain was one of the Gulf countries that reiterated support for Morocco’s territorial integrity at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in September in New York.
On Thursday, November 7, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani held a meeting with the president of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, Fawzia bint Abdullah Zainal in Rabat.
During the meeting, El Othmani recalled Morocco’s appreciation of Bahrain’s consistent position in favor of the country’s territorial integrity.
Zainal extolled Morocco’s position in favor of Bahrain’s top interests, a statement from El Othmani’s office said.
The Bahraini official also welcomed the dynamic role of Moroccan women and “their effective contribution to the socio-economic development of their country and their ability to address challenges.”
The visit of the Bahraini official comes amid the three-day trip of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and senior advisor to US President Donald Trump, who is advocating women’s empowerment as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
Ivanka Trump met with senior Moroccan officials and King Mohammed VI, acclaiming Morocco’s reforms granting equal rights to female landowners, known as sullaliat.
El Othmani’s meeting with Zainal marked the presence of other senior diplomats, including the ambassador of Bahrain to Morocco.
The statement from the head of government’s office stipulated that the visit was “an opportunity to emphasize once again the quality of the fraternal ties between the two countries.”
Both countries expressed the determination to expand bilateral cooperation in several fields.
Zainal is leading a delegation as part of her country’s determination to consolidate relations between Manama and Rabat.
Bahrain is among the countries in the Gulf peninsula that supports Morocco’s political positions, including on the Western Sahara conflict.
In September, during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said that Bahrain “reaffirms its solidarity with the continuous efforts by the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco” to find a political solution to the issue of Western Sahara, he said.
Bahrain, he added, supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Morocco.
Bahrain was also among the 22 states that expressed support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, an initiative submitted to the UN in 2007 as a possible political solution to end the conflict.