With its various distinctions in cultural diplomacy, Bahrain affirms to prioritize the advancement of cultural peacekeeping as well as promote the civilized face of the Kingdom.
In a report by Bahrain News Agency, Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said during the “Culture and Diplomacy Conference” at Bahrain National Theater last October 20 that the kingdom’s rich cultural movement improved the status of the Kingdom internationally.
The Kingdom has won outstanding international recognition, having chaired World Heritage Committee twice in a row and hosted the World Heritage Committee in 2018. In addition, its cities were also chosen as cultural capitals by international groups, and some of its historical sites have even made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“Diplomacy is a multifaceted craft, and soft power and culture are among its most important aspects. The diplomat requires a deep knowledge of national culture through which the nation can be best represented,” he said.
He added that heritage artifacts and monuments can also serve as an essential factor in diplomacy, as it can build relations between nations.
Moreover, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) president Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa said that the Kingdom works with several countries to promote the value of heritage and civilization.
For her part, Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Diplomatic Academy executive director Dr. Shaikha Muneera bint Khalifa Al Khalifa said that that through diplomacy, the national identity can be reinforced and strategic relations with other countries can be made based on cultures and civilizations.