Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

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Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa
Khalid bin Ahmed 2015.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain
Assumed office
26 September 2005
MonarchHamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa
Prime MinisterKhalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa
DeputyNazar Al Baharna (2006–2011)
Preceded byMuhammad ibn Mubarak ibn Hamad Al Khalifah
Personal details
Born (1960-04-24) 24 April 1960 (age 59)
Manama, Bahrain
NationalityBahraini
Alma materSt. Edward's University

Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (born 24 April 1960) is a Bahraini diplomat who has served as Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2005.[1] Sheikh Khalid is only the second foreign minister in Bahrain's history.

Early life and education[edit]

Khalid bin Ahmed was born on 24 April 1960.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in history and political sciences from St. Edward's University in 1984.[2]

Career[edit]

Khalid bin Ahmed and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C., 2019

Khalid bin Ahmed joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the rank of third secretary on 1 March 1985. Between August 1985 and November 1994 he worked at Bahrain's embassy in Washington, D.C. where he was in charge of political, congressional and media affairs. From June 1995 to August 2000 he worked as a chief liaison officer at the office of the deputy prime minister, minister of foreign affairs; responsible for the maritime delimitation and territorial dispute between Bahrain and Qatar, in addition to other tasks. In August 2000, he assumed the position of the director of public relations and information at the court of the Crown Prince.

He was Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2005 and was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in a September 2005 cabinet reshuffle. His predecessor as foreign minister, Muhammad ibn Mubarak ibn Hamad Al Khalifah, had served in that position for over 30 years.[3] His deputy until 2011 was Nazar Al Baharna, formerly a leading member of Al Wefaq, Bahrain's main Shia opposition party.[4]

In May 2018 he expressed his support of Israeli airstrikes in Syria against Iranian targets saying “it is the right of any country in the region, including Israel to defend itself by destroying sources of danger.”[5]

On 14 February 2019, Khalid bin Ahmed said that Israelis and Palestinians would be closer to a peace agreement if not for Iran's malign behavior. He said he grew up thinking that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the most important issue in the region, but now he sees that the "more toxic" challenge in the region is the Islamic Republic of Iran.[6]

During the June 25-26 economic conference in Manama arranged by Jared Kushner to attract investors to the Palestinian territories, Khalid told Israel’s channel 13 "Israel is part of this heritage of this whole region, historically, so the Jewish people have a place amongst us”. The Palestinian Authority boycotted the two-day economic conference due to the White House's perceived Israeli bias. [7]

Honors and awards[edit]

He was awarded the Bahrain Second Class Medal by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in May 2001 in recognition of his contribution and role as a Liaison Officer during the territorial dispute between Bahrain and Qatar.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hillary Clinton (3 February 2010). "Remarks With Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa After Their Meeting". Washington, DC: U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on 8 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa" (PDF). European Parliament. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Speakers". TED Bahrainona. 2010. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Dr. Nazar Al Baharna receives delegation from Cote d'Ivoire". Bahrain News Agency. 29 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.arabnews.com/node/1300116/middle-east
  6. ^ Ahren, Raphael. "In clip leaked by PMO, Arab ministers seen defending Israel, attacking Iran". www.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/contents/afp/2019/06/israel-palestinians-conflict-diplomacy-us-bahrain.html
  8. ^ Minister of Foreign Affairs Biography,Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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