Article courtesy of JFC Naples Military Partnership Branch
MANAMA, Bahrain — An
Expert Staff Meeting with Bahrain took place in Manama on Monday.
Reinhard Kloss, Acting Chief of Staff J9, led a NATO delegation that met with Maj. Gen. Abdulla Hassan Al-Noaimi, the Bahrain
Defense Forces’ Inspector General. Military Partnership representatives from Joint Force Command
Naples, SHAPE, MARCOM and LANDCOM provided multiple presentations on NATO
military structures and its military cooperation programs available to Bahrain
over the next two years.
of the Expert Staff Meeting was to showcase the various partnership opportunities available, discuss past and present military cooperation
activities and to prepare future activities in accordance with the Bahraini
Defense Forces requests and ambition. All military cooperation events discussed
during the meeting evolve from an Individual Partnership Cooperation Program that exists between NATO and Bahrain. Additionally, Kloss had the opportunity to
meet with Field Marshall Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, the Bahrain
Defense Forces’ Commander in Chief. Al
Khalifa expressed his gratitude to NATO for their visit and looked forward to a
stronger partnership between the NATO and the Bahraini Defense Forces.
A successful meeting resulted with insightful discussions involving both
parties. Not only did the NATO team come
away with a better understanding of what types of training Bahraini Defense
Forces desired, but Bahraini leadership was provided an in-depth look at what
training was available to their forces. Al-Noaimi
concluded the meeting by stating how
important it is for Bahrain to strengthen its NATO relationship and his hope to
see much more military partnership activity in the future.
Bahrain is an active NATO partner
country and has been a member of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Framework
since 2005. It currently participates in a number of NATO initiatives including
the NATO Defense College, Senior Executive NATO courses, NATO Exercises and
other Key Leader Engagements.