Save our heritage

HIS Majesty King Hamad has called for an action plan to preserve the historical and cultural identity of the buildings and cities in Bahrain.

He gave the directives during a royal speech marking the opening of the second session of the National Assembly’s sixth legislative term, at the Isa Cultural Centre in Juffair.

“We direct that an action plan is put in place related to the preservation of the historical and cultural identity of the buildings and cities in Bahrain,” said the King.

“We will work in this context to revive the Isa Al Kabeer Palace which we will adopt as one of the main headquarters of our work, along with the neighbourhoods known in the city of Muharraq, to which we look forward to the return of its people, in honour of that national glory witnessed in the homeland of generosity and dignity,” he added.

“With God’s blessing and help, we are pleased to open the second session of the National Assembly in its current term, looking forward with you to a fruitful working session on the path of advancement and prosperity in our blessed national march, which is heading, with confidence and resolution, towards further improvement, development and prosperity.

“In this country, which is open to all enlightened thought and sincere opinion, we have recorded together the most important historical moments and positions, and we have been able, in accordance with the higher interests of Bahrain, to raise high the banner of reform and modernisation, independently without any external influence, to meet our common goals and aspirations, according to what was unanimously agreed upon by the national will.”

The King also noted the sincere endeavours of the government, under the leadership and guidance of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

“Based on the fact that the world listens only to the voice of strong and influential alliances in the march of civilisational progress, our endeavours continue to strengthen relations of rapprochement, integration and co-ordination of positions on a solid basis of harmony, consultation and fraternal co-operation, under the umbrella of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the
Gulf and within the League of Arab States.”

“The first Arab issue will remain our top priority, and the position of the kingdom in promoting and supporting comprehensive peace efforts to find a just solution to the Palestinian issue is a firm and unambiguous position, leading to a two-state solution in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative, in a manner that guarantees the right of the brotherly Palestinian people to establish their independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, with peaceful endeavours and de-escalation being the only option in the face of the current escalation in order to reach the desired solution.”

National Assembly and Parliament Speaker Ahmed Al Musallam also spoke at the event, which was followed by the Shura Council and Parliament holding their first sessions of the term at the National Assembly Complex in Gudaibiya.




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