Dr. Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar, His Majesty the King’s Advisor for Diplomatic Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies, received H.E. Ambassador Victor Smirnov, Russian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, at his office on Wednesday 8th February. During the meeting Dr. Abdul Ghaffar stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral relations with effective countries. Ways in which to benefit from the expertise and experience of Russia, especially in the field of strategic, international and energy studies were considered. Developments and political changes taking place throughout the Arab World, especially the developments in Syria, were also discussed.