MANILA- President Benigno S. Aquino III received Prince Khalifa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa during a courtesy call at Malacañang Palace last October 1, 2014, Wednesday.
In a statement by Malacañang, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa agreed with President Aquino on the need to strengthen joint co-operation in health by exchanging expertise.
The two sides discussed joining bilateral co-operation– which Philippine exports to Bahrain include aviation fuel, aircraft parts, household machines, and pasta.
Imports from the kingdom include aluminum alloys, motor cars and other motor vehicles, plastic trunks, and woven fabrics of synthetic staple fibers.
On the economic front, Bahrain ranks as the Philippines’ 79th trading partner, 65th export market, and 101st import supplier.
Bahrain is host to 40,000 Filipino workers and its government has implemented programs and policies that are beneficial to the Filipino community.
The Philippines and Bahrain established their formal diplomatic ties in 1978 but prior to that, the people and governments of both countries have interacted closely on all fronts and at all levels of cooperation.
The Bahraini Prime Minister’s sons, Sheikh Khalifa bin Rashed Al Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Khalifa were also in full attendance in the visit.
The Prime Minister’s economic advisor, Abdullah Hasan Saif, was also present.
On the other hand, joining President Aquino were National Economic and Development Authority Deputy Director General Margarita Songco, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Julius Torres, and Special Envoy of the President to the Gulf Cooperation Council Amable Aguiluz.