Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Visits Bahrain

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Andrew Peek visited Bahrain on July 9 for meetings with Bahraini officials.  Please see the following links for the media interviews DAS Peek conducted while in Bahrain: BNA interview English: http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/848642 BNA interview Arabic:  http://www.bna.bh/portal/news/848610 BTV interview: https://youtu.be/irRX65HGsZo?t=1189  
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U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell Attends Basketball Camp at Alba

On July 2, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell attended the awards ceremony of the Global Coach Academy Basketball Camp at Alba Club.  The Global Coach Academy Basketball Camp, led by former NBA basketball player Sam Vincent, seeks to use the sport of basketball to teach important life skills to Bahraini youth.  The ceremony was also attended ...
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Ambassador Siberell: Bahrain Leading the Way to Combat Human Trafficking

Opinion editorial By: Justin Siberell U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain On Thursday at the United States Department of State, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an annual publication documenting the efforts of 187 governments in combating human trafficking. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth Iftar

On May 21, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell hosted an Iftar for Bahraini youth to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the strong friendship between the United States and Bahrain.  During the event, which took place at the Downtown Rotana Hotel in Manama.  Ambassador Siberell congratulated a number of outgoing U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange program participants, as well as the Crown Prince International Scholarship Program participants who will be ...
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Ambassador Siberell Presents AWA Ambassador’s Award

On May 14, the American Women’s Association (AWA) held its annual awards ceremony at the Movenpick Hotel.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell and his wife, Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, attended the event, and Ambassador Siberell presented the AWA Ambassador’s Award to former AWA president Lia Wright.  Ambassador Siberell noted that the AWA has played a vital role in the Bahraini-U.S. partnership.
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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Hosts the American Community In Bahrain

On April 30, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa hosted the American Community in Bahrain at the Sakhir Palace. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa were also in attendance. U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell led the representatives of the American Community in Bahrain.  These representatives included ...
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Remarks By Ambassador Justin Siberell At The National Day Celebration

Remarks by Ambassador Justin Siberell Celebration of 242 Years of Independence for the United States of America April 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. The Four Seasons Hotel, Manama, Bahrain   Good Evening.  Your Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Rashid al Khalifa; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to this ...
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American Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

On April 17, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the 242nd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America at the Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain Bay. The event was attended by Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, who was deputized by HRH the Prime Minister, as well as Southern Governor Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa ...
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U.S. Embassy and Isa Cultural Center Renew MoU – April 3

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell and Isa Cultural Center Executive Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the American Corner at the Isa Cultural Center.  The event highlighted the importance of increasing mutual understanding between the peoples of Bahrain and the United States.  During the ceremony, Ambassador Siberell, presented 190 audiobooks to the American Corner’s new technical ...
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Ambassador Siberell Hosts The Mary McBride Band

On April 2, Ambassador Justin Siberell and Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell hosted a musical reception featuring the American rock ‘n roll ensemble, “The Mary McBride Band.”  The band includes Mary McBride, Jon Spurney, John Kengla, Armistead Wellford, and Mark Stepro. The ensemble, which was in Bahrain to perform at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ ...
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U.S. Ambassador Marks Women’s History Month

On March 15, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell hosted a dinner for Bahraini and American women in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Ambassador Siberell praised the contributions of women to Bahraini and American society.  The dinner was attended by American filmmaker Robin Hauser, who is in Bahrain to screen her award-winning documentary, “CODE:  Debugging the Gender Gap” which explores ...
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Bahrain And U.S. Hold Environmental Cooperation Meetings

On March 7 at Bahrain National Museum, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America held the inaugural meetings of the Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation under the United States-Bahrain Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation and the Subcommittee on Environmental Affairs under the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.  Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina, ...
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Ambassador Siberell participates in the Opening of the Zwemer Clinic

On March 5th, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell took part in the grand opening of the new Zwemer Clinic at the American Mission Hospital (AMH).  The clinic was named after the American missionary Samuel Zwemer who co-founded AMH over 100 years ago.  The new clinic is designed to serve those in financial need. The U.S. Embassy is proud of the long history of service and compassion that have ...
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U.S. Ambassador Concludes Discover America Week 2018

Ambassador Siberell concluded Discover America Week 2018 on Thursday February 15, with some American BBQ at the Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House at the Best Western Olive Hotel in Juffair. The Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House is a success story of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Discover America Week 2018 highlighted the strong economic relationship between Bahrain and the ...
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Ambassador Justin Siberell’s address to AmCham Bahrain, January 30, 2018

Ambassador’s Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain Welcome Lunch, January 30, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Al Bahrain Ballroom   Thank you, Qays for that warm welcome.  It is a great honor to join you and the members of the AmCham Board, along with your guests and friends at ...
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Ambassador Justin Siberell’s remarks at the opening ceremony of MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX)

Ambassador’s Speech at the MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX) Opening Ceremony February 13, 2018, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel   Your Excellency Minister Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the kind invitation to speak at today’s opening ceremony at MEET ICT. Congratulations to the Minister and ...
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Ambassador Siberell Addresses the MEET ICT Bahrain Opening Ceremony

On February 13, Ambassador Siberell joined HE Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, HE Minister of Youth and Sports Hisham Bin Mohammed Al Jowder, and BTECH Chairman Ubaydli Ubaydli to open the 2018 MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX) Conference at the Gulf Hotel Convention Center. During his speech, Ambassador Siberell noted the strength ...
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Discover America Week 2018 Beach Clean-Up

The American Embassy in Manama, in cooperation with AECOM, kicked off Discover America Week 2018 with a beach clean-up on Saturday, February 10.  U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, along with staffers from the embassy, AECOM, and others participated in the event.  Around 75 volunteers helped in cleaning up Nurana Beach.
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Ambassador Siberell highlights U.S. Products in AlJazira Supermarket

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited AlJazira Supermarket to highlight U.S. made products in Bahrain as part of Discover America Week 2018.  The Ambassador was accompanied by Al Jazira Supermarket’s Chairman Abdulhussain Dawani and other Al Jazira staff.  Al Jazira Supermarket, which opened their first store in Bahrain in 1965, stock around 5,000 different U.S. products ...
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Success Story of U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell along with Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed Al-Zayani visited West Point Home to celebrate a fantastic United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement success story as part of the Discover America Week 2018. The American home textile company has invested more than $160 million in Bahrain since the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade ...
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Discover America Week 2018 OP-ED

By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain It is a pleasure to announce the opening of Discover America Week 2018. Discover America is a weeklong celebration of American commerce and culture, including food, leisure, shopping, sports, tourism, and more. The relationship between Bahrain and the United States runs strong and deep; it ...
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American Soccer Player Estelle Johnson Attends the BFA Women’s Cup Final

On February 4, visiting American professional soccer player Estelle Johnson attended the BFA Women’s Cup final as a guest of the Bahrain Football Association. Ms. Johnson, who is visiting Bahrain on a U.S. Embassy cultural exchange program, was joined by U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, and they were greeted by BFA President Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa ...
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Ambassador Siberell Addresses AmCham

On January 30, Ambassador Justin Siberell attended a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham) and addressed AmCham members. In his remarks, Ambassador Siberell lauded the strong Bahraini-U.S. economic relationship and hailed the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which has more than doubled bilateral trade since it came into force in 2006. ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits the American Mission Hospital

On January 9, the U.S. Ambassador visited the American Mission Hospital.  The CEO of the American Mission Hospital, Dr. George Cheriyan, hosted the U.S. Ambassador and gave him a tour, sharing the hospital’s distinguished history of community service. AMH was established on January 26, 1903, under the name “Mason Memorial Hospital.”  The establishment of the hospital by American ...
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Ambassador Siberell reopens the American Art Space at the Al-Riwaq Art Gallery

On December 12, American Ambassador Justin Siberell officially reopened the newly remodeled American Space at the Al Riwaq Art Gallery in Adliya.  The Ambassador honored Bayan Kanoo, Al-Riwaq Art Space director and art visionary who is at the forefront of the Bahraini art scene.  Ambassador Siberell spoke of the partnership between the Embassy and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona hosted Ms. Julie Sprakel at the U.S. Embassy for a presentation on Breast Cancer Awareness for U.S. Embassy staff.  With 16 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Sprakel is the Founder and President of Think Pink, Bahrain’s first registered breast cancer awareness charity.  Since Think Pink’s founding ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Attends AWS Summit Bahrain

On September, Ambassador Roebuck attended the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Summit in Manama, Bahrain.  The summit, headlined by Amazon Web Services Vice President Theresa Carlson, was designed to bring technology aficionados – across the spectrum from beginners to experts – together to learn how to best use AWS platforms.  During the summit, Ms. Carlson announced ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Ramadan Iftar for Bahraini Youth

On Monday, June 5th, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted an Iftar for Bahraini youth to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the strong friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the Iftar, Ambassador Roebuck recognized a number of the U.S. Embassy exchange programs participants, and also participants in the Crown Prince Scholarship program who ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Honors the American Women’s Association of Bahrain

The American Women’s Association (AWA) hosted its annual Service Awards Program on May 15 to recognize outstanding members who have volunteered their time, talent, and enthusiasm towards the fulfillment of AWA goals.  Ambassador Roebuck attended the ceremony and presented the “Ambassador Award” to Ms. Naz Hussain in recognition of her outstanding commitment to service.
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American Artist Ann Watcher Visits Bahrain

On April 24, Ambassador William Roebuck  hosted a reception and an art exhibit in honor of visiting American artist Ann Watcher.  The exhibit displayed five pieces of artwork from Ann Watcher, along with a collection from the Art in Embassies Program. Since 1963, the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program has played a ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Celebrates Second Annual AmCham Bahrain Golf Tournament

On April 14, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted an awards dinner at his residence following the Second Annual American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Bahrain Golf Tournament, AmCham Bahrain’s largest annual fundraiser.  The dinner included roughly 200 guests, most of whom played in the golf tournament earlier that day.  The dinner was catered by the Four ...
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US Embassy Sponsors Earth Day Beach Cleanup

In partnership with the Bahrain Beachcombers, the U.S. Embassy honored Earth Day, April 22, by cleaning Nurana Island Beach in Northern Bahrain.  Approximately 100 volunteers, among them Ambassador Roebuck, removed plastic and other discarded items from the beach.  The effective teamwork of participants and sponsors, including Coca-Cola and AECOM, resulted in more than a kilometer ...
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Ambassador Opens Build Your Brand Roundtable

On April 10, Ambassador William Roebuck delivered opening remarks at a roundtable discussion titled “Building Your Brand – Intellectual Property Considerations in the Digital Age.”  U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization Intellectual Property Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa, Aisha Salem, moderated the roundtable discussion, which was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce ...
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U.S. Ambassador Opens Art Exhibit

  On March 30, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck opened an art exhibit displaying over 40 paintings by 20 young Bahraini artists.  These artists had participated in workshops presented by visiting American abstract painter Patrick Brennan, in collaboration with Bahraini artist Zakeya Zada.  The aspiring artists learned new techniques of contemporary mixed-media art. Ambassador ...
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U.S. Ambassador Donates Books and Computer Equipment to Ras Romman Community Center

  On Wednesday February 22, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited Ras Romman Community Center where he donated a collection of books for the center’s library and a 3D printer for the center’s technology programs.  The books included classic American literature – including William Faulkner, Ambassador Roebuck’s favorite author – and books on art and design ...
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Bahrain, United States Sign Tax Agreement

On Wednesday, January 18, His Excellency Minister of Finance Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck signed an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement defines information with respect ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Attends Ribbon-Cutting for WestPoint Home’s Expansion

Ambassador Roebuck attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WestPoint Home’s $9 million expanded yarn-spinning plant in Bahrain. This investment marks WestPoint Home’s third expansion in Bahrain over the past five years, and the American home textile company has invested more than $160 million in Bahrain since the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement entered into force in 2006. ...
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U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck’s Statement on the Occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day

On behalf of the United States government and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the government and people of Bahrain as you commemorate the Kingdom’s 45th National Day.  The United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain have long enjoyed a broad-based partnership, which encompasses fields as diverse as economy and education, ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Visits Artist Balqees Fakhro

On Wednesday, November 29, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited the art gallery of Bahraini artist Balqees Fakhro.  Ms. Fakhro gave a tour to Ambassador Roebuck, who learned about the history of her abstract art and paintings and the background of her collection.  Ambassador Roebuck was also presented with a painting from Ms. Fakhro.
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U.S. Ambassador’s visit to Beit Al-Quran Museum

On November 14, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited the Beit Al-Quran Museum, a multi-purpose complex dedicated to Islamic arts and culture.  Dr. Abdul-Latif Kanoo, Founder and Chairman of Beit Al Quran, gave Ambassador Roebuck a tour of the museum, showing him the museum’s magnificent collection of Quranic manuscripts and Islamic art.  Ambassador Roebuck expressed his ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates the 2016 Presidential Election

U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted a reception marking the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel on Tuesday, November 8th.  Ambassador Roebuck delivered remarks highlighting America’s democratic tradition.  He also noted, “Regardless of who becomes the next president of the United States, the elections will not affect the foundation of the close ...
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Discover America Week 2016 – City Center Tour

  As part of the activities of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week 2016 in Bahrain, American Ambassador William Roebuck toured a number of U.S. brand outlets at the City Center Mall yesterday.  While meeting the staff at the outlets, Ambassador Roebuck spoke about the highlights of the long history of America’s commercial relationship with ...
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A Message from U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck On the Occasion of Eid Al-Adha

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the people of Bahrain for a happy Eid al-Adha and to congratulate all those performing Hajj. On this most holy of days, millions of Muslims around the world, including from Bahrain and the United States, join in this pilgrimage and offer alms to honor Abraham’s sacrifice.  ...
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