Manama, 22 August 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain expressed condolences to the Republic of Turkiye on the two devastating traffic accidents.

Turkiye-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations

Turkiye-Bahrain political relations are pursued in line with mutual interest and dialogue principles. The relationship between both states is based on the ground laid by common historical and cultural ties.

Turkiye opened its Embassy in Bahrain in 1990. Likewise, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Ankara has been operating since 2008.

Within the context of high-level bilateral visits, King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa visited Turkiye in August 2016. President of Turkiye, Tayyip Erdoğan, paid an official visit to Bahrain in February 2017.

On the occasion of those visits, various agreements were signed between both states. Furthermore, the Medal of Sheikh Isa bin Salman, Bahrain’s highest state distinction, was bestowed upon Tayyip Erdoğan.

In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Mohammad Al-Khalifa attended the OIC Extraordinary Summit. The summit was held on Al-Quds on 18 May 2018 in Istanbul.

Furthermore, the second round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye and Bahrain took place in Ankara in 2016.

Accidents in Turkiye 

At least 32 people were killed in southeast Turkiye when vehicles crashed into the first respondents attending earlier accidents.

The first crash happened when a bus hit the scene of a road crash near Gaziantep. The accident killed 16 people and injured 21.

Separately, a truck hit a site some 250 km (155 miles) east in the Derik district of Mardin, where the first respondents were attending to another accident. Sixteen people died, and 29 others were injured as a result of the incident in Mardin.