Dear friends of Germany in Bahrain, dear German citizens in Bahrain.
Thank you for joining us in tonight’s celebration of the Day of German Unity, Germany’s national holiday and the happiest day in our history. On 3rd of October 1990, Germany was reunited. How could this dream become reality?
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of East and West Germany 30 years ago were only made possible by the peaceful commitment of people to freedom, democracy and human rights – in East Germany but also in other countries.
Germany’s unification also brought down the “Iron Curtain” that had divided Europe for more than 40 years. That’s why today we celebrate the courage with which people throughout Central and Eastern Europe fought for freedom and democracy.
German Unification was Europe’s gift to Germany. It motivated us to drive forward Europe’s unification.
That is why tonight in addition to the national anthems of the Kingdom of Bahrain and of the Federal Republic of Germany, we will also listen to the European Anthem, “Ode to Joy”.
As Germany holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union, we tackle many challenges: Covid-19, Brexit, Climate Change and crises in Europe’s neighbourhood. Only together, only in solidarity, can these problems be solved.
International cooperation and multilateralism have helped to bring about German unification. They are the keys to resolve many problems. We are closely engaging with partners all over the world. We are working for multilateral solutions to international challenges.
The relationship between Germany and the Kingdom of Bahrain is a vital part of our partnerships. Diplomatic relations between our countries were established in 1972. That means almost half a century of fruitful exchange and excellent cooperation. The recent visit of His Excellency, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani to Berlin and his meeting with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas has underscored the close relationship between our two countries.
In these days, the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the leadership of His Majesty, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has taken important steps towards peace in the region. These steps were warmly welcomed by Germany.
Before closing, please allow me to address my compatriots with a few words in German:
Dass Deutschland in Bahrain ein großes Ansehen genießt, dass wir hier als Freunde willkommen sind, das ist zum großen Teil Ihr Verdienst. Dafür von uns persönlich, von Seiten der Botschaft und von Seiten der Bundesregierung ein herzliches Dankeschön.
ولا يسعني في الختام إلا أن أتمنى من أعماق قلبي لمملكة البحرين و شعبها الطيب مزيدا من التقدم و الازدهار و للعلاقات بين بلدينا المزيد من التطور.
عاشت الصداقة الألمانية البحرينية!
I now warmly welcome tonight’s guest of honour, H. E. Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani for his speech.