Presentation and Historical Account
Bahrain and France have ancient and amicable ties that date back to the call of the corvette “ La Favorite” in 1842. That visit marked the beginning of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Today, the political ties between Bahrain and France are strong and confident as shown by the numerous important bilateral visits to France and to the archipelago. One can name the visits of the Defence Minister Alliot-Marie in June 2003 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs De Villepin in January 2004 on the French side. On the Bahraini side, one can name the official visit of The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin SalmanAL KHALIFA, to Paris in February 2004.
It has been several years now that Bahrain has successfully engaged in a policy of diversification of its economic resources other than oil production. At the same time, Bahrain continues the development of its economy and the modernisation of its infrastructures. Numerous French enterprises accompany the development of the Kingdom in domains of French excellence and know-how: aluminium, banking, electricity, restaurants and services.
France is not only active in the economic field but also present the educational and cultural sector. The French school, which provides education for around 200 students (French, Bahraini and of other nationalities), and the Alliance Française of Bahrain managed to set up a real network of promotion of the French language and culture in the archipelago. French language is also taught to more than 8 000 students in private and public schools in the kingdom in addition to the students of the University of Bahrain within the centre of French studies.
Finally, one should mention the co-operation conducted in the archaeological domain since 1977. In fact, the French archaeological mission to Bahrain has particularly conducted research and publication works on the inhabitants and the necropolises of the ancient civilisation of Delmon, and thus contributed into the cultural and historical development of the archipelago.