By Miriam Joyce (auth.)
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Kuwait had obtained its independence from Britain, in June 1961, after HMG halted an Iraqi attempt to annex the country. Shaikh Isa hosted a state dinner for his Kuwaiti visitor and included a few British ofﬁcials among the guests. After dinner, Amir Sabah, whose country’s independence had so recently been protected by the British, criticized Shaikh Isa’s relations with HMG. According to Amir Sabah, Bahrain’s Ruler ought not to have left his place at the dinner to welcome British ofﬁcials. In addition, the seating arrangements were inappropriate because the British political resident had been placed between two Arab Rulers.
Hoping to convince the British to stay, Shaikh Isa offered to forego the 350,000 pound annual payment by Britain for the use of Bahraini military facilities. ”50 However, from the perspective of Defense Secretary Denis Healey, it would be a serious mistake to permit British troops to assume the role of mercenaries. ”51 US ofﬁcials too were unhappy with Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s decision to leave the Gulf. President Lyndon Johnson expressed his displeasure and wrote to the Labour Prime Minister: I cannot conceal from you my deep dismay upon learning this profoundly discouraging news.
44 Earlier, Washington too had participated in an effort to prepare the Bahraini military, admitting the Ruler’s son, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, to an ofﬁcers’ training course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. ”46 Ties with Washington were growing, but London was not forgotten. One indication of the excellent continuing relationship between Britain and Bahrain was an invitation to visit the Amirate extended by Manama to former Political Agent Anthony Parsons. After accepting the invitation, Parsons asked Whitehall to provide him with an update on conditions in Bahrain.
Bahrain from the Twentieth Century to the Arab Spring by Miriam Joyce (auth.)