Bahrain supports all initiatives for nuclear non-proliferation

Bahrain expressed its support on Tuesday for all international initiatives and resolutions aimed at disarmament and preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, according to the country's foreign minister.

Sheikh Khaled Al-Khalifa, Bahrain's foreign minister, made the statement on the sidelines of an exhibition about a nuclear-free world in Manama, the country's capital city. Al-Khalifa said the island country will always support a Japanese resolution presented every year to the U.N. General Assembly related to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, the Kuwait News Agency reports.

Al-Khalifa said Middle East countries were worried over any attempt to proliferate nuclear weapons throughout the world, including Iran's nuclear file. He said the exhibition in Manama was important because it elucidated nuclear weapons issues and contributed to an ongoing dialogue about keeping nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction out of the Middle East.

Manama is the first Middle Eastern capital to host the non-proliferation exhibition, according to the Kuwait News Agency.

The exhibition, entitled "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Towards a World Free from Nuclear Weapons," is scheduled to run in Manama through March 23. The exhibition was organized by Soka Gakkai International, a Tokyo-based non-government civil society association, and received support from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Inter Press Service reports.

"This exhibition - the first ever in an Arab country - (represents another) step toward making the human aspiration to live in a world free from nuclear weapons a reality," Hirotugu Terasaki, SGI's executive director for peace affairs, said, according to Inter Press Service.