BAHRAIN CROWN PRINCE MEETS SOUTH KOREAN BUSINESSMEN, SAYS ECONOMIC REFORMS TO CONTINUE

(REUTERS – 2ND MAY) Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa said on Wednesday (May 2) his country, which is in political turmoil, will continue its economic reforms.

Prince Salman arrived in Seoul on Monday (April 30) for a three-day visit and on Tuesday (May 1) met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik to discuss bilateral issues.

He is the first in line to the Bahraini throne and his country’s first crown prince to visit South Korea since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1976.

He was invited to a luncheon hosted by South Korea’s business leaders where he spoke about his country’s plan to continue economic reforms.

“Keeping behind at the full frontal of changes, where change delivers growth, should be, must be our mantra. Nations that reform and adopt the domestic and global challenges, meeting the needs of their people and their country will have a significant role to play in the emerging Asian century,” the crown prince said.

Heads of each country’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost trade ties.

His visit came amid escalated protests in Bahrain calling for political reforms.

Bin Hamad al-Khalifa said his country is pursuing those changes, despite mounting international criticism.

Bahrain, where the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa family rules over a majority Shi’ite Muslim population, has been in turmoil since an uprising erupted last year demanding reforms after successful revolts in Egyptand Tunisia.