Democracy is not just constitutional and legislative rules; it is a culture and practice and adhering by the law and respecting international human rights principles.
Our people have proven their desire for continuing with reforms. We complete the march today with those who have an honest patriotic desire for more progress and reform.
History shows that no enemy remains hostile forever, nor do friends remain friendly forever. For that reason, we intend to have normal relations with all.
The decision to open up Bahrain to embrace all people indiscriminately was fostered in me ever since I was a child.
You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That's leadership.
Any government that has a sincere desire for reform and progress should understand the benefit of objective and constructive criticism.
I cherished the dream of a country embracing all its people.
I care about Bahrain. Bahrain is very dear to me. I will not allow people to play around with our laws.
By being friends with all, we are not alone.
It's good to have a leader, otherwise we argue too much.
If somebody gives me his hand, I will not look at him with suspicion.
If you like your brother and he's prospering, you'll be pleased for him.
Bahrainis are better off than many other Arabs. We have a welfare state, everybody gets a salary whether they have a job or not. Electricity and food are subsidized school and healthcare are free. And we don't differentiate between Bahrainis and foreigners. We are very proud of that.
Bahrain 's margin of freedom is growing day after day as we head into the future with steady steps.
May Allah guide us to the good of the kingdom of Bahrain and its loyal people.
There is no ethnic cleansing in Bahrain, no mass genocide, no policy of killing innocent people.
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