*First step in creating bilateral relations between The Republic of Vanuatu and Kingdom of Bahrain.
*Honorary Consul for Vanuatu to the United Kingdom Represents Vanuatu Prime Minister.
Port Vila, Vanuatu, 2nd April 2021. Representing the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Mr Bob Loughman MP, Vanuatu’s Honorary Consul to the United Kingdom, Mr James Elcocke-Harris attended the milestone 50th Event of the rapidly growing Brave® Combat Federation – a Bahrain-based Mixed Martial Arts Promotion established in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Accompanying Mr Elcocke-Harris was his Advisor, Mr Saif Lohar whose company Green Hill is one of the Principal Sponsors of BRAVE® CF.
The event was hosted on 1st April 2021 in Bahrain’s Capital Manama, against the imposing backdrop of the 15th Century Arad Fort.
Mr Elcocke-Harris was there to personally convey the Prime Minister’s congratulations to the BRAVE® Combat Federation on their 50th celebratory event, and to express the best wishes of Prime Minister Loughman for the Promotion’s continued success.
A delegation from the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu headed by the Prime Minister had been invited to attend the Event, but due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions was unable to travel to Bahrain.
Prime Minister Loughman however communicated his best wishes saying, “The invitation by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa to attend this auspicious event is an immense honour for our country. It is with profound regret that due to the on-going Covid 19 situation I have been unable to travel to Bahrain, but I would like to convey to His Highness my warmest congratulations for this milestone achievement and look forward to welcoming him to Vanuatu in the near future”.
Commenting on his attendance on behalf of the Prime Minister, Mr Elcocke-Harris said, “I am pleased to be here representing the Prime Minister to observe this explosively exciting event, with its world-class athletes. I wish to congratulate BRAVE® Combat Federation for creating such an extraordinary spectacle in such unique setting”. He added, “My attendance is a hopefully the first step in a development of dialogue between our two countries with the aim of exploring the feasibility of Vanuatu hosting a BRAVE® CF event at a future date”.
Private Secretary to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and BRAVE® Combat Federation’s President Mr Mohammed Shahid remarked, “Having already held events in twenty-one countries in three years, BRAVE® Combat Federation is the fastest growing MMA promotion in the world. We look at every, and all opportunities to develop our reach and appeal to new audiences. Vanuatu could well be a future venue for us to hold an event – something that would also deepen our mutual relationship with Vanuatu and provide a window for the world to this unique and beautiful country”.
Plans for a visit by a delegation from Bahrain to Vanuatu during 2021 are under discussion, subject to relaxation of Covid 19 travel restrictions.
About Vanuatu: A Pacific Island Nation comprising 83 Islands, Vanuatu is one of only a handful of countries in the world to currently have zero Covid 19 cases. Priding itself on its ecologically pristine environment, Vanuatu became, in 2018 the first country in the world to ban the use of plastic straws, and subsequently, single-use plastic bags. Consistently rated as a top ten amongst “Happiest Countries on the Planet” indices, Vanuatu represents one of the last sanctuaries in the world that is both remote, yet accessible – being just two hours’ flight time from Brisbane, Australia.
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