The Abraham Accords Declaration

VIEW THE SIGNED DOCUMENT  HERE . We, the undersigned, recognize the importance of maintaining and strengthening peace in the Middle East and around the world based on mutual understanding and coexistence, as well as respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom. We encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance a culture …

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Abraham Accords: Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations

VIEW THE SIGNED DOCUMENT  HERE . His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to open an era of friendship and cooperation in pursuit of a Middle East region that is stable, secure and prosperous for the benefit of all States and peoples in the region. In this …

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Remarks by President Trump, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister bin Zayed, and Minister Al Zayani at the Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony

South Lawn 12:54 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Please. Thank you. The First Lady and I are honored to welcome to the White House Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and Mrs. Netanyahu. Thank you so much. Thank you, Sarah. (Applause.) And Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed — (applause) — United Arab Emirates, …

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President Donald J. Trump is Promoting Peace and Stability in the Middle East

Today, nations across the region and throughout the world are joining together, united in their determination to build a better future. President Donald J. Trump SECURING HISTORIC AGREEMENTS: President Donald J. Trump hosted the official signing ceremony for the historic peace agreements between Israel and Arab nations. Today, President Trump presided over the signing ceremony …

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Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain,and the State of Israel

President Donald J. Trump, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel spoke today and agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East. Opening …

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Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the …

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The US Embassy Presents the American Music Band “Vocal Trash” at the Bahrain Summer Festival

As part of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ (BACA) annual Bahrain Summer Festival, the U.S. Embassy presents the Vocal Trash music band, which will participate virtually in the festival.  The five-member band will conduct two virtual workshops on August 17 and 18, from  6 -9 p.m. followed by a performance on August 19, also …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Maggie Nardi Regarding Beirut Explosion

“Our hearts go out to the Lebanese people as they deal with the aftermath of last Tuesday’s tragedy.  We salute the Kingdom of Bahrain for its generous assistance.  The United States is joining with the global community in sending humanitarian assistance to help the Lebanese people.” Chargé d’Affaires Maggie Nardi

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Anchors in Alliance

Celebrating the shared history of Bahraini-American relations and coinciding with the 231st anniversary of the U.S. State Department, the US Embassy is launching today, July 27, the exhibit “Anchored in Alliance.” Compiled by Meridian International Center, an American NGO, with the help of Bahraini and American scholars, the exhibit traces 120 years of Bahraini-American partnership, …

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The United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain Issue Joint Statement on Iran Arms Embargo Following Consultations

Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State of the United States, Brian Hook, held discussions on Iran with His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and His Excellency Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani on …

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US Embassy Hosts a Virtual Ramadan Youth Gathering

Over 64 US Embassy alumni of cultural and educational exchange programs attended the US Embassy’s virtual Ramadan youth gathering hosted by US Ambassador Justin Siberell.  The participants engaged with Ambassador Siberell in a question and answer session on COVID-19 and the American and Bahraini efforts to combat this pandemic. They also discussed how different Ramadan is this year …

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Confronting COVID-19 Together

By Justin Siberell US Ambassador to Kingdom of Bahrain   Americans and Bahrainis have been working together to combat epidemics for more than 100 years.  One of the first activities of the doctors and nurses of what would become the American Mission Hospital at its founding in the early 1900’s was offering medical care to …

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The US Embassy Participates in Bahrain’s National Sports Day

On February 11, American Embassy staff participated in the activities of Bahrain National Sports Day at Sports City.  The public affairs team set up a booth, and engaged with the public, particularly youth and children, in playing American baseball through a fun, interactive game. All participants in the baseball game received giveaways, which included information …

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Mashq Art Gallery Hosts Mujawara Art Exhibit, Sponsored by the US Embassy

On Monday, January 27, the US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Margret Nardi opened the “Mujawara” art exhibit at Bait Al-Salmaniya where talented artists came together in one place, to exchange knowledge, experiences, and expertise. The art exhibit showcased the results of “Mujawara”, a mentorship program conducted by the Mashq Art Gallery and sponsored by the US …

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American Intern Works With Experts at Bahrain National Museum

When Nicole Hawke arrived in Bahrain in August 2019 to begin her six-month internship at the National Museum, she immediately felt comfortable with her new colleagues. She stated, “There are many things that made the internship unlike any that could be had in the U.S. I got to work with an archaeology collection for the …

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Fifth Annual Alumni Networking Reception

On November 17, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy organized the Fifth Annual Alumni Networking Reception at the Darseen Café in the Bahrain National Museum to mark the Annual Education USA week. U.S. Alumni wore their schools jersey and hats to proudly represent their schools. The event celebrated Bahraini …

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American Soccer Coaches Lead Football Tournament at the Bahrain Football Association

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell and President of the Bahrain Football Association Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa attended the training and final football tournament game organized in collaboration with the Bahrain Football Association.  Two visiting soccer players from America, Zola Solamente and Anthony Sanneh led the competing teams of young football players.  The tournament was organized …

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American Ambassador City Center Tour To Celebrate Discover America Week

As part of the activities of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week 2019 in Bahrain, American Ambassador Justin Siberell toured a number of U.S. brand hotels and department Store at the City Center Mall on Tuesday.  Sammy Gani General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue, and Senior Division Manager Mark Asfahani both welcomed Ambassador Siberell.  The …

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US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Attends A Seminar on the U.S.-Bahrain FTA

As part of Discover America Week 2019, the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) hosted a seminar on the “success stories in supply chain and logistics under the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA).”  The seminar was attended by the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Margret Nardi and included speakers from the US Embassy in …

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Gulf Air Showcases New Dreamliner to American Ambassador to Bahrain

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain 27 October 2019: H.E. Justin Siberell, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Bahrain, was recently welcomed by Gulf Air’s executive management at Bahrain International Airport and toured the airline’s flagship aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which recently entered the airline’s fleet in the 70th anniversary …

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US Ambassador Visit to Al-Jazira Supermarket Promotes American Products in Bahrain

As part of Discover America Week 2019, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited the Al-Jazira Supermarket branch in Mahooz.  Chairman of Al-Jazira Supermarket Abdulhussain Dawani welcomed the ambassador and took him on a tour of the American products on prominent display.  At the end of the tour, Ambassador Siberell and Mr. Dawani cut a cake in …

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Ambassador Siberell Launches Discover America Week

In collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham), U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell addressed the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain’s networking luncheon on October 24 to kick off U.S. Embassy 2019 Discover America Week. Ambassador Siberell used the speech to highlight the schedule of events of Discover American Week.  In his speech, …

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US Ambassador Visit to Lulu Hypermarket Promotes American Products in Bahrain

As part of Discover America Week 2019, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited the Lulu Hypermarket branch in Saar where he was welcomed by Lulu Group Director Juzer Rupawala who also took the Ambassador on a tour of the American products on prominent display.  At the end of the tour, Ambassador Siberell and Mr. Rupawala cut …

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U.S. Embassy Launches Discover America Week: October 24-November 1

Op-Ed By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Everyone knows that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas by accident.  But there is nothing accidental about Discover America Week in Bahrain from October 24 to November 1.   The US Embassy and our partners in the Bahraini and American business community have planned a series …

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Wife of American Ambassador Hosts Ladies’ Ramadan Majlis

The U.S. Embassy hosted a Majlis for ladies to celebrate Ramadan and the friendship between the United States and Bahrain. Wife of the U.S. Ambassador, Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, hosted the Majlis to share with friends in Bahrain this Ramadan tradition. The theme of the Majlis this year was Ramadan “Jalabiya,” where Bahraini designer Batool Dadabahi …

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U.S. Speaker Highlights Women in Legislation during Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the theme Women in Legislation, the Embassy invited to Bahrain American Cathy Allen, political consultant and communications strategist. During the visit, Ms. Allen met with members and staff of the Shura Council and the Council of Representatives, including the newly-elected speaker Ms. Fawziya Zainal, and spoke about advancing …

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U.S. Ambassador Hosts a Webinar on Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Bahrain’s ICT Sector

On March 25, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell hosted a webinar with two leaders in information and communications technology and development in Bahrain. CEO of the Bahrain Economic Development Board Khalid Al Rumaihi and CEO of Bahrain FinTech Bay Khalid Saad participated in the webinar on “Opportunities for U.S. businesses in Bahrain’s Information Communication …

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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on October 27, 2018, at the Guadaybiya Palace to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Bahrain. The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues. The Secretary thanked his Majesty for hosting him during the IISS-chaired …

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Lili Gil Valletta’s Participation in Manama Entrepreneurship Week

U.S. Embassy Manama invited Ms. Lili Gil Valletta to be a keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Manama Entrepreneurship Week on October 21. The opening night featured a number of panel discussions covering new global business trends, culture, entrepreneurship, and financial resources for start-ups. Lili presented a keynote presentation on “Cultural Intelligence” and how to integrate …

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Royal University for Women Receives U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The Royal University for Women (RUW) received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell at the RUW campus to discuss cooperation between the University and the U.S Embassy in the education field. During the visit, President Dr. David Stewart gave a comprehensive overview of RUW programs and the RUW partnership with West Virginia University.

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The BIBF Receives U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell at the BIBF premises to discuss existing relationships, and aspects of cooperation between the Institute and the U.S Embassy in the training and education field. During the visit, the Management presented a comprehensive overview about the various training programs and development initiatives …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits American Mission Hospital

As part of the Discover America Week events, Unites States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Justin Siberell visited the American Mission Hospital on October 16. The American Mission Hospital traces its origins back to 1893 and the establishment of the Arabian Mission by the Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  American physicians began …

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U.S. Ambassador Tours the Avenues Bahrain for Discover America Week

As part of Discover America Week activities, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited The Avenues-Bahrain shopping complex, where he was welcomed by the director, James Waugh. Mr. Waugh led the ambassador on a tour of American food and beverage outlets at the complex. Ambassador Siberell stopped and met employees at three of the U.S. restaurant chains, …

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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Travel to Manama

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Manama, Bahrain from October 12-13, 2018.  The Deputy Secretary met with senior officials to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues, including counterterrorism cooperation and countering the Iranian regime’s malign influence.  He also engaged with U.S. Embassy staff, as well as with representatives from the business community …

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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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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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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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Embassy Offers, “How To Do Business in the United States” Seminar

On Monday, February 12, the U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham) and BIBF, held a seminar entitled “How to do Business in the United States.”  The seminar, held on the BIBF campus, included speakers from the U.S. Embassy, Washington, D.C., and across the region.  The speakers gave tips …

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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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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. Embassy Supports University of Bahrain’s “Layers 2” Forum

Between December 11 and 15, 2017 U.S. Embassy Manama supported the visit of Prof. Jorge Montero for the “Layers 2 : Art, Graphic Design and Digital Advertising Forum hosted by the University of Bahrain. He is a Professor of Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design and has been a member of their …

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U.S. Embassy and Venus Interiors International Close Entrepreneurship Event Series with Gala Dinner

On November 16, the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, in cooperation with Venus Interiors International, delivered the grand finale event in a series of entrepreneurship salons. The event, entitled “Engineering to Entrepreneurship,” was organized by Venus Interiors International CEO Hoda Sangoor, who is also an alumna of the U.S. Government-sponsored IVLP exchange program.  The final event concluded …

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U.S. Embassy Organizes Workshops for Students On the Occasion of International Education Week

In recognition of International Education Week, November 13-19, the U.S. Embassy organized a series of sessions for students interested in using social media in enhancing their English language skills and in learning about studying in the United States.  Information session topics included explaining the student visa application process and exploring resources that the education specialist …

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Education Fair Highlights Quality and Diversity of U.S. Universities

On October 30, 2017, Chargé d’affaires Aimee Cutrona opened the US Educational Group university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from 28 American colleges and over 350 prospective students and parents attended the fair and learned about the university admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and campus …

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U.S. Universities Representatives visit Bahrain to Recruit Students

On October 30, 2017, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson, Educational Advisor Samar Hasan, and Vice Consul Sarah Grebowski participated in the Gulf EDU Tours university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from nine American colleges and universities including Ohio State University, Michigan State University, …

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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2017 An Arabic translation of President Trump’s 5/21 Speech in Riyadh is available here  (PDF 169 KB). I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Death of a Bahraini Police Officer

  The United States condemns in the strongest terms the killing of Bahraini police officer Lieutenant Hisham Al-Hamadi in Bilad Al Qadeem yesterday.  We extend our deepest condolences to Lieutenant Al-Hamadi’s family and to the people of Bahrain. ‎There can be no justification for this deplorable act of violence.  We urge all concerned to condemn …

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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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Chargé de Affairs Cutrona Attends Events Highlighting the City of Houston

          On December 14, U.S. Embassy Chargé de Affairs Aimee Cutrona was the guest of honor at a reception hosted by the U.S. National Committee to the World Petroleum Council (WPC) at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The reception was also attended by other guests of honor such as the Mayor of …

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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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Ambassador Roebuck Highlights the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

On October 31, Ambassador Roebuck participated in a roundtable discussion, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham), regarding the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  Ambassador Roebuck provided members of the press corps with statistics and evidence of the benefits of the FTA to the United States and Bahrain, and to highlight some …

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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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Chef Emily Luchetti hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail

Yesterday, visiting American celebrity pastry chef Emily Luchetti was hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail, where she conducted a cooking class for undergraduate chef students and gave a talk on how she started her career as a chef.  Over fifty-five students attended the two classes.  Chef Emily Luchetti is currently on a …

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Ambassador Roebuck Launches “Discover America Week”

U.S. Ambassador William V. Roebuck addressed the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain’s monthly luncheon on October 19. Ambassador Roebuck used the speech to inaugurate the U.S. Embassy’s 2016 Discover America Week programming, highlighting the schedule of events, and urging all attendees to participate in the festivities. In his speech, Ambassador Roebuck said, “This year’s …

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U.S. and Bahrain Cooperate on Cybersecurity

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the U.S. Embassy in Manama hosted a viewing session for the U.S. Department of State-organized Cyber Security Webinar on October 18. The webinar entitled “How to Create a CERT” was designed to assist America’s foreign partners in developing a Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) for preventing, investigating, and …

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U.S. Ambassador Honors Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities President Shaikha Mai

On October 18, Ambassador Roebuck hosted a dinner in honor of the President of the Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, for her dedication to the arts and cultural preservation in Bahrain. Attendees included prominent members of the Bahraini cultural, education, media, and arts community. In his opening remarks, …

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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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