Chairman of the Bahraini parliament Khalifa Al-Dhahrani has indicated that he believes that nuclear energy is an important tool for nations to develop because oil and gas supplies will eventually dry up. Bahrain has first hand knowledge of the risk of oil depletion; it was one of the first countries in the Middle East to export oil and also one of the first whose production rate peaked and began a rapid decline. At one time, revenues from oil production represented 60% of the national income. That monetary flow has virtually disappeared.
Al-Dhahrani has also indicated that he believes that Bahrain has traditional and important ties with its near neighbor in Iran and that Iran’s nuclear energy program is peaceful and not a threat to its neighbors.
That statement is worth noting, especially given the importance of bases in Bahrain to the US military presence in the Gulf.