Manama , 21/12/2011 (BNA) His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa tonight received at Al-Safriya Palace His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Princess Sophie, Countess of Wessex.Prince Edward conveyed to HM the King greetings from British Queen Elizabeth II and wishes of further progress and prosperity for the Kingdom of Bahrain. HM King Hamad welcomed Prince Edward, extending greetings and good wishes to Queen Elizabeth II. He reviewed with HRH Prince Edward strong historic relations bonding the Kingdom of Bahrain and the UK, spotlighting ways of promoting bilateral ties for the sake of both peoples’ interests. HM King Hamad stressed Bahrain’s keenness to promote relations and bolster cooperation. He lauded the advanced standard of strategic relations and firm coordination, particularly in the fields of trade, industry and investments. He hailed the role of the United Kingdom in backing efforts to achieve security, stability and peace. He also praised HRH Prince Edward for his good efforts to bolster bilateral relations. HRH Prince Edward expressed deep thanks and appreciation to HM King Hamad for his keenness to promote friendship and cooperation between both countries.