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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Historic Agreement Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020   On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we usher in a new era of peace. It’s humbling when the course of history changes seemingly overnight. In less than one month, under President Trump’s leadership, we have another historic agreement, this time between Israel and …

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President Donald J. Trump Has Brokered a Historic Deal Between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain

Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead. President Donald J. Trump SECURING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a deal to establish full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel – the second such agreement between Israel and an …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today in Manama, Bahrain.  The Secretary thanked the King for Bahrain’s continued friendship and strategic partnership with the United States.  They addressed the need to promote regional peace and prosperity, confront the threat …

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Israel, Sudan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman August 23-27. He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence, establishing and deepening Israel’s relationships in the region, as well as cooperation in protecting 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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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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Joint Statement of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America on Tourist Visa Validity Agreement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Embassy of the United States of America are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Government of the United States of America to extend the validity of tourist visas granted to …

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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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U.S. Embassy Announces Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program for 2021.  The Fulbright FLTA is a nine-month, non-degree seeking program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The FLTA program provides participants with an opportunity to increase their English language proficiency, extend their knowledge of U.S. society and culture, …

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US Embassy Kicks Off its Virtual Summer Activities Series

The U.S. Embassy, Manama will kick off its virtual summer activities series with a 9-week basketball and life skills workshop conducted by the Bahrain National Team Coach Sam Vincent. The workshop, which will open on June 15 and conclude on August 13, will reach approximately 150 youth across Bahrain. You can sign up to participate …

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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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Readout of the call between President Trump and the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain

The White House passes along the following: “Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The President and the King discussed the latest developments in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The President and the King will continue to work together to defeat the virus, …

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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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American Universities Visit Bahrain

On Monday, February 24, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Margaret Nardi opened the International Student Network (ISN) College Fair 2020 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel.  Admissions representatives of more than ten 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 …

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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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English Access Microscholarship Program Winter Camp Students Write Poetry

Twenty-four English Access Micro-scholarship Program (Access) students recited poems that they wrote in English at the conclusion of a five-day workshop, January 12th -15th. The workshop was organized by the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Office in cooperation with the American Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC) in Juffair. During the five-day workshop, visiting US Specialist …

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Opening of the “Milton Lipp – Early years at Bapco”

On the January 12 the “Milton Lipp – Early years at Bapco” exhibit opened at the Bahrain National Museum. It was a collaborative exercise between the U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the Lipp family. Ambassador Justin Siberell delivered the opening remarks. His Excellency Mohammed …

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American Ambassador Honors Students of the English Access Microscholarship Program

Thirty young Bahraini students graduated from the English Access Micro scholarship Program in a ceremony at Al-Safir Hotel in Juffair.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell honored the students who successfully completed a two-year program of rigorous study in English and American culture.  In his remarks, Ambassador Siberell noted that almost 200,000 students have received …

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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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U.S. Ambassador Hosts Reception in Honor of BIDEC 2019 Participants

As part of Discover American Week events, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell hosted a reception in honor of the participants in the 2019 Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) at his residence in Saar on October 29th. In his remarks, Ambassador Siberell welcomed the guests and said: “BIDEC 2019 is a very important opportunity for …

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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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American Ambassador Visits AECOM and Parsons at Diyar Al-Muharraq Development Project to Celebrate Discover America Week

As part of the activities of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week 2019 in Bahrain, the US Embassy and AECOM organized a site visit headed by US Ambassador Justin Siberell to the Diyar Al Muharraq project, where leading US companies AECOM, Great Lakes and Parsons are working on the development.  AECOM Country Manager Clarke Morton-Shepherd, Great …

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American Ambassador Attends the Launching of New Lincoln At Al-Moayyed Showroom 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, attended the unveiling of the all new American Lincoln Nautilus at Almoayyed Motors, the official distributors of Lincoln and Ford in the Kingdom of Bahrain, at their Showroom in Sitra. He was welcomed by Directors of …

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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 Visits Sabre Travel Network to Promote American Technology in the Travel Industry

As part of Discover America Week 2019, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited the offices of US Company Sabre Travel Network to learn about the latest trends and technology in the travel and tourism sector. H.E. received demonstrations on the latest technology that Sabre is delivering in the market. He was welcomed by the company’s Vice …

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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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Linden Tours Hosts a University Fair in Bahrain

On October 10, 2019, Linden Tours visited Bahrain to meet with potential students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. During the fair, students and parents met with representatives from American colleges and universities and learned about the university admissions process, scholarship, campus life, etc.

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Bahrain Coast Guard Receives New US Coastal Patrol Boats

The Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, David Pekoske, and US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Margaret Nardi led a delegation to Coast Guard Base Muharraq to visit three new coastal patrol craft delivered to the Bahrain Coast Guard last week.  The three boats are the first delivery of a six-boat, $30 …

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U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Opens American University Fair

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Margaret Nardi opened the U.S. Educational Group (USEG) Fall 2019 University Fair at the Bahrain Sheraton Hotel.  Admissions representatives from more than twenty-five American universities met with students, parents, and school counselors. They provided information on academic programs, financial aid opportunities, the admissions process, and American campus life.  The …

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U.S. Embassy Manama Holds Its Annual Town Hall Meeting With American Citizens

On September 29, Ambassador Justin Siberell and the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Manama organized a Town Hall meeting for the American citizens living in Bahrain. During the Town Hall meeting, Ambassador Siberell and the staff of the Consular Section presented information and answered questions of interest to U.S. Citizens in Bahrain. The Embassy …

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Chargé d’Affaires Meets Returning Students From The Embassy’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

On September 18, Chargé d’Affaires Margaret Nardi met with recently returned students from the Embassy’s Global Undergraduate Exchange program. Ali Al Banna and Razan Al Humaid were enrolled at a U.S. university in the United States and had an opportunity for substantive interaction with U.S. faculty and student peers, and exposure to U.S. academic and classroom …

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Hundreds of Bahraini Students Explore Education Opportunities in The US at The ISN University Fair in Manama, Bahrain

On September 22, 2019, the International Student Network (ISN) organized a university fair in Bahrain to meet with students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from over 12 American colleges and universities who met with students interested in studying in the U.S.  Over 300 people attended the university fair and …

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PAO Karin Ehlert meets with High School Alumnae

On Thursday, September 12, PAO Karin Ehlert welcomed back high school students who participated in summer exchange programs, the Women-to-Women International Leadership (W2W) and Women in Engineering (WIE)  in the United States.  The students spoke about the cultural and academic aspects of their respective programs.  They pointed out that the program was an opportunity for …

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Missoula Children’s Theatre presents RAPUNZEL at the 2019 Bahrain Summer Festival

On July 11, Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, performed the classic play “Rapunzel” in front of a packed house at the Cultural Hall.  Chargé d’affaires Aimee Cutrona attended the opening and thanked BACA for including MCT as part of the 2019 Bahrain Summer Festival. Around 100 local …

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U.S. Embassy, in Collaboration with BACA, Bring Step Afrika! To Bahrain

On June 28, Step Afrika!, in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, performed in front of a full house at the Cultural Hall.  The artists thrilled the audience with Step dance incorporating African folkloric dance movements and songs. Ambassador Justin H. Siberell attended the opening …

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Call for Nominations: Storytelling for Social Impact Workshop

In September 2019, the American Film Showcase will host a professional exchange opportunity at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for international storytellers and content creators interested in using media for social impact. The two-week exchange is designed for small teams of creatives and social impact practitioners, (individuals working directly with the targeted communities), developing …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Ramadan Iftar for Bahraini Youth

On Wednesday, May 15th, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell and Mrs. 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 Iftar, Ambassador Siberell recognized a number of the U.S. Embassy exchange program participants and participants in the Crown Prince Scholarship …

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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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Announcing the Competition for the 2020 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program The U.S. Embassy is accepting applications for the 2020 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program.  The FLTA Program is a nine-month, non-degree academic exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The FLTA program provides teachers and those interested in a teaching career an opportunity to …

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Study in the United States!

By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain   I want to congratulate all students in Bahrain who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States.  Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields …

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American Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

The U.S. Embassy in Manama celebrated the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America at the Gulf Hotel.  The theme of this year’s celebration was “Roads Across America,” featuring pictures, videos, and installations of the most famous and well-known freeways and boulevards in the United States. The cities of New York, Miami, …

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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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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain Receives the U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Justin Siberell, at the University’s campus to discuss the medical school, partnerships with other medical schools for elective destinations, and aspects of cooperation between the University and the U.S Embassy. During his visit, the University president presented a comprehensive overview about the various programs …

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Ambassador Siberell Addresses MEET ICT and BiTEX

Ambassador’s Speech at the MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX) Opening Ceremony March 19 2019, 8:45 a.m., Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel   Your Excellency, Mohammed Al Qaed, CEO of the Information and e-Government Authority, Mr. Janahi, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the invitation to participate in today’s opening ceremony of MEET ICT and BITEX.  …

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates the 78th Anniversary Of the International Visitor Leadership Program

In cooperation with the Bahrain IVLP Alumni Network, the U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell celebrated the 78th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on March 13.  In his remarks at the event, Ambassador Siberell said: “This evening is an opportunity for us to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the establishment of the International Visitor …

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American Intern’s Experience at the Bahrain National Museum

Hear from Danielle in her own words…   I decided to come to Bahrain because I found the posting for the internship at just the right time.  I was at the end of a contract job and looking for the next step in furthering my professional career.  I love traveling and learning about new cultures. …

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U.S. Embassy Staff Volunteer at Robotics Tournament

A member of the U.S. Embassy volunteered as a judge at the annual VEX Robotics Tournament in Bahrain. Teams from schools all over the island vied for a chance to compete in the VEX World Championship which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky.  These incredible students not only came up with the robotic concept, but also …

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International Student Network Fair Features 12 U.S. Universities in Bahrain

On February 24, 2019, Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona opened the International Student Network university fair. The fair featured over 12 U.S. university representatives that provided students with information about their institutions, academic programs, application process, financial aid, and American campus life.  Public Affairs Officer Karin Ehlert and Education Advisor Samar Hasan were also present at the fair …

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Ambassador Siberell Highlights U.S.-Bahrain Relations at Rotary Club Manama

On February 3, the Rotary Club of Manama hosted Ambassador Justin Siberell to talk about the Bahrain-American Relationship: A Rich History and Promising Future. Ambassador Siberell highlighted the work done by the U.S. Embassy in bringing Bahrainis together with other students from all over the world to help them develop skills that they can bring …

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U.S. Secretary of State Visits Bahrain

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Bahrain on January 11, 2019, as part of a regional tour in the Middle East. The Secretary met with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa in Manama. The Secretary thanked the King, the Crown Prince, and the Foreign Minister for Bahrain’s continued …

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The University of Bahrain Receives the U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The University of Bahrain received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Justin Siberell, at the University campus to discuss existing relationships and aspects of cooperation between the University and the U.S Embassy. President Hamza presented a comprehensive overview of the expansive educational programs at the University. During the visit, the Embassy donated over 200 books from American literature to the University’s …

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U.S. Embassy Commemorates International Education Week

In recognition of International Education Week, the U.S. Embassy organized an information session at Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School. Students interested in learning about the educational system in the United States attended the information session where the Regional English Language Officer Scott Chiverton presented on “Writing Your Personal Essay”.

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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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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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Ambassador Siberell and Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell Hosted a Coffee for Women Bahraini Artists

Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell, hosted a Coffee for Women Artists to thank them for lending their artwork during the holy month of Ramadan and to highlight the friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the meeting, Ambassador Siberell recognized the talented female Bahraini artists, whose paintings were …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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American Author, Siobhan Fallon, Visits Bahrain – January 8 – 10

Author Siobhan Fallon, award-winning American novelist, visited Bahrain and was welcomed by local writing and reading enthusiasts with whom she shared her personal journey on the road to becoming a published author.  She met with the Bahrain Writers Circle, the American Women’s Association, the American Cultural and Education Center, as well as students at Al …

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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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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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American Museum Intern Gains Experience at the Bahrain National Museum

Jenna Julien arrived in Bahrain in July 2017 to begin a six-month internship with the Bahrain National Museum.  After completing her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Visual Art, with Art History Minor at Azusa Pacific University and her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from New York University, Jenna wanted to build her skills …

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Bahrain Student Leaders Represent Bahrain in the United States

On December 19, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Cultural Assistant Janan Shaikh Abdulla met with recently returned students from the Embassy’s Student Leaders program.  Student Leader Alumni Adil Bakhsh and Abdulaziz Alsaibiey welcomed the new 2017 class of Student Leaders:  Hayat Hasan, Maram Seroor, Mohamed Al Qassab, Noof Al Murbati, Noor Yusuf, Zahra …

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The U.S. Embassy participates in the Social Media Masters Forum 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain was a strategic partner in the fifth Social Media Masters Forum 2017, which was held on December 2-3 under the patronage of Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate.  The forum was organized by the World Social Media Club (SMC) and Social Media Club of Bahrain …

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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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President Trump Meets Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

On November 30, President Donald Trump welcomed Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the White House. During his successful trip to Washington D.C., Crown Prince Hamad also met with Vice President Mike Pence and signed an agreement for Bahrain to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft.  Crown Prince Salman also met U.S. Secretary of …

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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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West Virginia University and Royal University of Women Celebrate International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Aimee Cutrona met with students from the Royal University of Women and West Virginia University on Monday, March 6.  The students from West Virginia University were in Bahrain to debate the Royal University of Women students in honor of International Women’s Day. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the West Virginia …

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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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