Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 October 2019

Donald Trump to host Bahrain's Crown Prince on Wednesday

Mr Trump will meet Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to discuss efforts to promote peace and counter Iranian threats in the Gulf

Bahrain was the first Arab country to join the US-led naval coalition aimed at countering Iranian threats in the Gulf. AFP
Bahrain was the first Arab country to join the US-led naval coalition aimed at countering Iranian threats in the Gulf. AFP

US President Donald Trump will receive Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa next week to discuss maritime security and countering the threat from Iran, the White House said on Thursday.

"The visit will further strengthen the strategic partnership and friendship between the United States and Bahrain and expand economic and security co-operation," it said.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, the White House announced.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss "efforts to promote peace in the region, and counter-terrorism", the White House said.

Last month, Bahrain became the first Arab country to join the US-led maritime coalition in the Gulf, which now includes the UK and Australia.

Bahrain's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, announced during a visit to the US in July that his country would host a large meeting on maritime security this autumn.

The Gulf has been dealing with threats and attacks involving Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps since May.

The conference is expected to take place in October, sources told The National.

Mr Trump was also due to receive the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah, this week but the meeting was cancelled as his guest has medical examinations in a US hospital.

Updated: September 12, 2019 11:57 PM

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