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Britain ties at centre stage.

CULTURE Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa yesterday hailed Bahrain's historic ties with Britain, stressing friendship and joint vital interests.

She was speaking at the annual dinner hosted by the Bahrain-British Friendship Society (BBFS) in London.

She conveyed greetings from His Majesty, HRH the Premier and HRH the Crown Prince.

Shaikha Mai highlighted the establishment of government institutions in the kingdom since the 1940s, underlining the UK's and the BBFS' role in promoting ties.

"Over the years, Bahrain has gained world reputation, not only as a global financial hub but also as a heritage site testifying to its rich history," she said.

She also stressed efforts to register archaeological monuments on the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites, citing Bahrain Fort. She outlined key projects, particularly Bahrain Fort museum and the Pearl Route, expected to be complete by 2013.

The minister briefed the audience on key cultural events to be held in Bahrain, including the 35th World Heritage Committee meeting in 2011, Bahrain Capital of Arab Culture in 2012 and Bahrain Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013.

BBFS chairman Brigadier Peter Sincock praised His Majesty's keen interest and support for the association's activities. He also hailed Shaikha Mai for her role in protecting Bahrain's heritage and preserving national identity.

BBFS members and Bahrain Embassy staff attended.

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Date:Nov 23, 2010
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