Tamil Diplomat

Charles and Camilla visit Bahrain’s oldest Hindu temple

The Prince of Wales has met Bahrain’s prime minister before visiting a temple with the Duchess of Cornwall on their final day of touring the Middle East. The couple wore yellow scarves and garlands at the 200-year-old Hindu temple in Bahrain’s capital Manama.

Prince Charles earlier held talks with the country’s long-time Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. The royal couple have also visited the United Arab Emirates and Oman during the seven-day trip. The Bahrain visit marks 200 years of formal relations between the two countries, dating from a treaty of friendship signed in 1816.

The UK maintains strong military ties to Bahrain, where it has run its permanent naval base HMS Juffair for more than a year. Prince Charles paid the base a visit to open a welfare block and inspect HMS Middleton. But the trip comes amid concerns of continued human rights abuses in Bahrain. Prince Charles has faced calls to raise concerns over how Bahrain’s security forces have dealt with a string of mass protests in the country.

He began the day visiting Sheikh Khalifa, who has been in office since 1971, on the Bahraini ruler’s custom-built private island. The Middle East tour, which was organised by the UK government, aims to boost partnerships in the region in a range of areas, including wildlife conservation and women in leadership.(BBC,2016)