Cultural Connections through Art: U.S. Ambassador Hosts Art in Embassies Reception and Highlights American Artists

On November 7th, Ambassador Justin Siberell and his wife hosted a reception and an art exhibit in honor of visiting American artist Bernadette Jiyong Frank.  The exhibit displayed pieces of her artwork, along with a collection from the Art in Embassies Program. Representatives from the Bahraini artists, educational, business, and diplomatic communities attended the event.  ...
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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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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

October 29, 2018 Secretary Pompeo released the State Department’s new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report
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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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Ambassador Siberell Highlights American-Made Products at Lulu Hypermarket Juffair

On October 15, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Justin Siberell visited Lulu Hypermarket (Juffair Mall branch) to highlight American-made products in Bahrain as part of Discover America Week – a celebration that runs from October 14-24. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Juzer Rupawala, Director of the Lulu Group, and other Lulu Hypermarket staff. Ambassador ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hosts Discussion In Honor of U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Founders

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week celebrations, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell hosted a discussion at his residence in honor of the founders of the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  The guests discussed bilateral economic and commercial relations and ways of moving forward with the FTA to enhance trade. Ambassador Siberell ...
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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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Celebrate and Discover America in Bahrain! An op-ed by the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain

Celebrate and Discover America in Bahrain! By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain The United States enjoys an extremely robust relationship with the government and people of Bahrain. Ours is a long-standing, mutually-beneficial partnership that allows each country to enhance the other’s strengths and capabilities. Our partnership is built upon an enduring ...
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American Universities Visit Bahrain

On Monday, October 1, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell opened the U.S. Educational Group (USEG) University Fair at the Bahrain Sheraton Hotel.  Admissions representatives from 25 American universities met with students, parents, and school counselors, providing information on academic programs, financial aid opportunities, the admissions process, and American campus life. The fair was attended by over 400 people interested in ...
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International Student Network (ISN) Visits Bahrain

On September 25, 2018, the International Student Network (ISN) visited Bahrain to meet with students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from over 10 American colleges and universities who met with students interested in studying in the U.S. Over 400 people attended the fair and learned about the university admissions ...
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U.S. Missoula Children’s Theater Preforms The Classic Play Pinocchio

On August 4, Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, performed the classic play, “Pinocchio,” in front of a packed house at the Nakhool Tent.  Charge’ D’affaires  Ms. Aimee Cutrona attended the opening and thanked the Bahrain Authority for Culture and ...
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Sports for Healthy Living in Youth

On July 21, ten American sports and health professionals from the United States traveled to Bahrain to participate in Youth City 2030. The Promoting Healthy Living exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges through the Sports Diplomacy division. The goal of the exchange program is to explore programs ...
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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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American Intern Works With Museum Experts at Bahrain National Museum

When Crista Lee-Ann Cagney arrived in Bahrain on January 2018 to begin her six-month internship at the National Museum, she settled in right away with her new colleagues.  “Making acquaintances was delightful; everyone here is so kind and warm, so I felt right at home working at the museum,” she reports.  As a second year ...
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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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American Ambassador’s Wife Hosts Ladies Ramadan Majlis

Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell, hosted a Ramadan majlis for ladies in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan and the friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the majlis, Mrs. Siberell recognized a group of talented female Bahraini artists, whose paintings were showcased on the walls of the residence.  Bahraini artists featured in the exhibit included Zakeya ...
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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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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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Consular Chief Jeff Austin Hosts EducationUSA Session

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Consular Chief Jeff Austin and Education Specialist Samar Hasan held an information session for students interested in learning about higher education in the United States at the Riffa Views School. During the session, students learned about university admissions, financial aid, student visas, and U.S. government exchange programs.
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U.S. Educational Expert Karen Bauer Visits Bahrain

EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinator Karen Bauer visited Bahrain to discuss EducationUSA programs from March 20-22, 2018. During her stay, Ms. Bauer visited the Crown Prince International Program Advisor, The Bahrain Bayan School, Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School, Al Raja School, and the Bahrain Education and Training Exhibition (EDUTEX). Ms. Bauer also participated in a live chat to give ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Cutrona Visits Arabian Gulf University

On March 26, Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona visited the Arabian Gulf University to talk to mid-career executives on Leadership for the 21st Century.  This course is part of Boston College’s Memorandum of Understanding with Arabian Gulf University to deliver a PhD in Innovation Management. The program is designed to help early and mid-career executives understand the ...
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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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US Defense Secretary Visits Bahrain

On March 14-15, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited Bahrain. He was greeted by Minister of Defense Affairs Lieutenant-General Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma and U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell.  During his visit, Secretary Mattis met with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and ...
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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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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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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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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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Statement by President Trump on Syria

     THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in ...
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