MALAYSIA has opened its Embassy in Bahrain. It will be initially located on the first floor of the Regency Inter-Continental Hotel. The diplomatic mission is headed by Ambassador-designate Naimun Ashakli Mohammed.
He had earlier served his country's mission in South Africa, and is expected to present his credentials to the Bahrain government shortly.
Mr Mohammed is accompanied by Second Secretary Ahmed Kamrizamil, Third Secretary Haruddin Adam and Ambassador's personal assistant Nor Azmi Nordin.
Bahrain was earlier accredited to the Malaysian Embassy in Kuwait.
Malaysia's other embassies in the Gulf are located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Muscat, Oman. It also has a consultate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and a trade commission in Dubai, UAE.
"We are thankful to the Bahrain government for its support to open an Embassy in the kingdom," Mr Adam told the GDN.
"It will help strengthen the political, economic, cultural and trade ties between our two countries and we shall soon compile a list of Malaysian nationals living and working in Bahrain. They mainly work for May Bank and Malaysian companies like Petronas and Alam-Flora."
Mr Adam said the Embassy would be temporarily located at the Regency Inter-Continental, until its own premises is identified.
A decision to open the Malaysian Embassy and a Malaysian Trade and Distribution Centre in Bahrain was finalised during the visit of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the kingdom in April last year.